Music has been demonstrated to facilitate multiple benefits for those living on the spectrum by supporting cognition, enhancing communication skills, and improving emotional expression. Research shows that children on the autism spectrum are exceptionally responsive to auditory stimuli, unlocking the capacity to create adaptive pathways for learning and communication. This has often allowed for an increase in meaningful connection and intimacy between caregivers and inspired many programs for autistic children to integrate music into their lesson plans.
The connection between music and autism
When we engage in a musical process through actively playing or even receptively listening, multiple areas of our brain in both hemispheres are stimulated. This is significant for children with special needs who have difficulty with speech and language as it removes the limits of typical speech by allowing other areas of the brain to support learning.
Why might music therapy be good for your child?
Music shares a large amount of overlap with speech as both involve certain degrees of pitch, melody, and rhythm. Autism services in New York employ music therapy to help students across the entire spectrum of autism. When special needs children use music to enhance their ability to recognize pitch, memorize tunes, and map emotions on musical pieces, it is also bettering their capacity of speech, expression, and language.
How is music therapy used for kids with autism?
One way of engaging autistic kids with music is via improvisation. A music therapist will use accessible musical instruments and carefully chosen accompaniments adapted specifically for your child to create a positive and satisfying musical experience. This encourages them to keep on playing, builds confidence in expressing themselves, and improves communication skills.
Music can change your kid’s life.
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