Music Therapy for Autism

Parents all over the world seek ways to communicate with their children. For parents of children with autism, this can be very challenging. Music therapy has become increasingly popular among parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) due to stories of incredible breakthroughs and how it has changed the lives of parents and their children.

Music therapy for children with ASD is used as an alternative method to improve communication skills and social wellbeing. Music therapy provides those with ASD a way to express themselves and communicate through the universal language, music.

It’s always a good idea to do your research. In 2014, a Cochrane systematic review was published on the efficacy of music therapy for people with ASD. Cochrane systematic reviews are held in high esteem as the gold standard for reviews. In these reviews, all relevant research is gathered, evaluated and presented in a review that aims to provide an overview of the current state of the area of interest. The 2014 systematic review found that music therapy was much more effective than the placebo at improving social interaction and communication

How Does Music Therapy Work?
Music therapy can involve many different methods that are based around communicating through the language of music! These include:
•    Listening to different music and expressing different emotions related to the music.
•    Interacting with musical instruments together
•    Composing songs (this is an especially great way for parents and children to interact through music).
•    Singing or humming along
•    Dancing
Using music therapy can be an incredible breakthrough for parents and children. As a universal language, music gives us the chance to express ourselves and form bonds. At Courses for Success, we pride ourselves on providing people with life changing experiences through education. If you are interested, follow this link to find out more!

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