Using Music Therapy to Treat ASD
Approximately 1 in 70 children in the U.S are born with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is often said that music has many healing powers, but can music therapy help those with ASD? All signs point to yes.
There have been scientific studies that have proven the many benefits music has to our brains. Knowing this, it can be easy to see how those benefits can help with developmental disabilities such as ASD. But how exactly is this done? Emma Sturgis shares in this article how music therapy is helping this condition.
Sturgis suggests that since music is universally recognized, it is a great tool for therapy because it does not require any special abilities to be truly appreciated. Music is all about expression and through the use of percussion instruments and their own voices they can create positive associations and interactions, helping to improve overall function. Check out Emma Sturgis' article on MusicThinkTank.com and share your thoughts in the comments below.
"Parents will normally notice a developmental disability by the time their child is about 2 years old. However, they will have to determine the nature of the problem before considering a treatment plan. Significantly, music therapy can be beneficial when the condition involves sensitivity to certain tones or sound levels."