Music Therapy and Autism


Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish goals within a therapeutic relationship by a qualified professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy can include the use of behavioral, biomedical, developmental, educational, humanistic, adaptive music instruction, and/or other models of therapy.
It enhances one’s quality of life, involving relationships between the music therapist and individual, between one individual and another; between the individual and his/her family, and between the music and the participants.

Why Should Students With Autism Use Music Therapy
•People with diagnoses on the autism spectrum often show a heightened interest and response to music, making it an excellent therapeutic tool to work with them.
•Music is a very basic human response, spanning all degrees of ability/disability. Music therapists are able to meet clients at their own levels and allow them to grow from there. The malleability of music makes it a medium that can be adapted to meet the needs of each individual.
•Music is motivating and enjoyable. •Music can promote relatedness, relaxation, learning, and self-expression. •Music therapy addresses multiple developmental issues simultaneously. •Music therapy can provide success-oriented opportunities for achievement and mastery. •The structure and sensory input inherent in music help to establish response and role
expectations, positive interactions, and organization.

Why Music Therapy to Autistic Children
-Repetition helps students remember things better, for this therapists with the help teachers could put what is being taught to songs that the child could listen to to help them learn.
-They have a better attention span
-Eye contact is higher in most cases



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Sources
http://www.musicianbrain.com/#autism
http://www.musictherapy.org/assets/1/7/MT_Autism_2006.pdf
http://blog.autismspeaks.org/2011/12/27/music-as-a-path-to-language-in-autism/