Music Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Music therapy is used to treat many symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder, including lack of communication and socialization skills. It can also help with cognitive and motor skills.

This video lays out the symptoms of ASD, the idea behind music therapy and how it helps reduce the issues caused by autism.

Music Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder
By: Demystifying Medicine
Initial Air Date: Nov 29, 2017
Source: YouTube

What We Learned from this Video:

  • ASD comprises a number of behavioral and developmental challenges.
  • People with autism can have a number of communicative issues, including limited or repetitive speech and lack of non-verbal communication skills.
  • ASD can also cause socialization issues, such as not being able to make new friends or not knowing how to interact in a social situation.
  • People with autism can also sometimes have exceptional skills in music, academics, and visual art.
  • Music therapy can help individuals with ASD cope with physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs.
  • Music therapy can involve singing, dancing, listening or creating music.
  • Many children with autism try to communicate with sounds such as humming or screaming. Music with simple or repetitive language can help the child develop their language skills.
  • Songs with meaningful phrases and songs with visual or tactile cues can facilitate this language development even further.
  • Music therapy begins with an assessment to determine which goals need to be achieved.
  • Music therapy is flexible to the individual. It also is not dependent upon speech. 

Music therapy can be a powerful tool for helping your autistic child develop. Consider looking for music therapy near you by using our Resources page.

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