Music therapy and Autism
Autism is like a rainbow, it has a bright side and a darker side. But every shade is important and beautiful.
- Rosie Tennant Doran
As every person living with an ASD diagnosis and every parent of a child with ASD knows, each and every case of ASD is as individual as the person who experiences the symptoms. This means that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all programme. In general however, ASD symptoms can be (very) broadly categorized by difficulties in social communication and interaction alongside the presence of restricted, repetitive behaviour, interests and/or activities.
Music therapy can help persons living with ASD to improve their social competences, independance and even academic skills. Ideally music therapy is positioned as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team where the music therapist works closely with teachers, speech & language therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, etc to address specific goals relevant to the individual at hand. This means that music therapists can help a child meet the goals of their individualised educational plan (IEP) and/or communicative, physical, sensory or psychological targets.
It can also be used as a stand alone therapy that works with any of the above areas and/or including addressing sensory issues, stress management, social skills and behavioural management.
Below, you can find some informative videos and podcasts about music therapy and autistic spectrum disorders.
Music therapy in ASD classrooms
This is a short video presentation detailing out how music therapy may be used in an ASD class and how it may be used to target IEP goals as part of a teachers multi-disciplinary team.
Music Therapy for children on the autistic spectrum at Anglia Ruskin University
Here world renowned music therapist Amelia Oldfield talks you through her service, demonstrating the amazing power of music empowering communication in non-verbal and minimally verbal children. Amelia breaks down exactly how it is music therapists can help children with Autism and other developmental disorders.
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