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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.

Short documentary

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.

Editors choice for the best music therapy documentary yet! 

Music Therapy and Children with Autism

Here Music therapist Ryan Judd of rhythm tree music therapy displays excerpts from some of his music therapy sessions with children with Autism.

Music Therapy and Adults with Autism

This is another video from Ryan Judd of Rhythm Tree music therapy where he showcases an Adult with Autism shining during a music therapy session.

Music therapy for Autism spectrum disorder

Here is a short video from demystifying medicine explaining some of the ways that music therapy may benefit children with Autism.

Contact Munster Music Therapy now

Contact us to book a session with Munster Music therapy or find a music therapist near you.

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