• Autism and Developmental Delay
• Early Intervention
• Physical Disabilities and Neurological Disorder
• Geriatrics, Memory Care and Hospice
Autism and Developmental Delay
Many studies have found that children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) respond well to music. ASD is classified with a significant delay in communication and socialization. Therefore, our music therapy goals primarily focus on improving these areas. Music therapy also addresses many other goals such as attention to task, reducing anxiety and improving fine and gross motor skills. Below are some examples of how music therapy can improve specific needs for people with ASD:
• Music is a means of non-verbal communication.
• Musical form and songs resemble verbal communication.
• Music provides structure and motivation for communication.
• Music facilitates relationships to increase self-expression and communication in a non-threatening environment.
• Music therapy can reduce negative self-stimulatory responses and increase socially acceptable participation.
• The limbic system is involved in the processing of music, emotions, behaviors and feeling states.
• During music therapy sessions, individuals practice non-musical skills that can be used in other settings.
• Music therapy increases social confidence and self-esteem.
Focus and Attention
• Music is processed in multiple areas of the brain including the prefrontal cortex, inferior frontal cortex and superior temporal lobes. This can stimulate cognitive function, memory, and provides organization for the sensory system.
• Music therapy improves mood; therefore increases learning and joint attention.
• Memorizing songs and rhymes is a useful tool for developing literacy.