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Music therapy and autism spectrum disorders
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.
Follow the link below to find out more about how music therapy can help individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Music therapy for mental health
Music is one of those tools that we often turn to when times are tough. Songs can make us laugh and make us cry, they can bring back memories and stir emotions in us that we may have not known were there. Throughout history the power of music has always held in an almost magical reverence. Music helped Orpheus to calm Cerebrus at the gates of the underworld, it caused the children of Hamlin to follow the pied piper and it was used by the Dagda, when playing his magical harp to cause the people of Ireland to laugh, to cry or to sleep. Music still speaks to us today in our most tender moments.
Music therapy can help those who are facing a range of mental health challenges, from depression and anxiety to trauma and psychosis. According to Victor Hugo, “Music expresses that which cannot be said, and on which it is impossible to stay silent”.
Follow the links below to find out more about how musical modalities can potentially help those who are facing a mental health challenge in their lives.
Neurologic music therapy (NMT)
"Neurologic music therapy (NMT) is based on neuroscientific models music perception and music production and the influence of music on changes in non-musical brain and behaviour function" (Thaut,McIntosh & Hoemburg, 2014, The handbook of neurologic music therapy, pp.2).
Neurologic music therapy is a set of twenty clinically proven techniques that use the distributed nature of neurologic musical functioning to help re-wire the brain. To put it simply, because there is no "musical centre" of your brain, music can be used to help rewire your brain after it has sustained an injury. This may be as simple as somebody with Parkinsons disease using a click track (or metronome) to aid and improve their walking or helping somebody who has had a stroke regain the ability to talk through singing (there-by re-wiring their speech centre).
Neurologic music therapy is at the cutting edge of new music therapy theory and practice. If you or a loved one has a neurologic disorder or suffered from a stroke or traumatic brain injury, neurologic music therapy may be able to help you regain some of the faculties that have been affected and help you to live your best life!
If you are facing a problem that was not listed above please do not hesitate to contact us to see what it is that music therapy can do for you!