Here are some Autism Music Therapy and music education facts for you concerning how music is now being used in therapy for autism, Aspergers and even with stroke victims.
Why does a caring adult sing to a baby? What response does the baby have to the singing? The adult sings to soothe the baby. If the baby was agitated, she may react to the singing by quieting.
As a child grows, adults usually stop singing to the child when he gets upset. As adults, we think that as a child is getting older they dont need to be sung to. Dont adults put their feet up and listen to music to relax and to rid ourselves of tension?
Did you ever stop to think that music is a form of therapy? According to the book Creative Therapy for Children with Autism, ADD and Aspergers by Jane Tubbs, using music can be very beneficial to children with these disabilities.
Music is in us and all around us. It touches our souls because rhythm is a part of us. We have a heartbeat. It has a rhythm different from the rhythm of our breathing. Our brain even has a rhythm all its own.
Music cant be seen, touched or smelled but it can be heard and felt. Music is felt in a physical way through motion. We feel it in our intellect with the meaning of the words. Music is experienced in a spiritual way through our emotions.
There are three parts of music;
Each music part affects our bodies in a different way. Harmony in music is like feelings in our heart or spirit. The rhythm of music relates to our body. Think of the way we tap our foot when we hear a beat. Melody is the opposite of rhythm in that melody soothes our mind.
Music therapy is good for everyone. Just think about how music has affected your life. I remember how my grandmother used to turn on ragtime piano music while I helped her clean her house. She always said it made the cleaning go faster. Perhaps it did because it was an upbeat tempo which made me work faster. When you want to relax, what do you listen to? Something with a calming effect or a John Sousa march?
When you want to relax, what do you listen to?
Something with a calming effect or a John Sousa march?
Music helps people who have epilepsy and asthma. These disorders are usually brought on due to some type of stress. Some children with autism have mini petit mal seizures on a daily basis. Music helps release the stress before it causes a major attack.
People who have suffered strokes or a traumatic brain injury often have trouble regaining speech. Music is being used to help stroke victims and others with brain injuries to learn to speak again. Music areas are located on both sides of the brain so a person can regain their speech by using the music area on the unaffected side of the brain.
Parents or care givers can start an autism music therapy program at home. Or if you would rather have a professional help set up a program go to MusicTherapy dot org.
It is recommended that classical music without words be used for music therapy. For more information about music therapy for the learning disabled (including those with autism or Aspergers) go to Learning-Disabilities-Reading-Tutor.com/Music-Intervention.html