What is music therapy?

This kind of therapy is a well-established clinical use of music which is used to accomplish individualized goals such as improving mood, reducing stress and self-expression.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects behaviour and communication. It may be diagnosed at any age, but it generally appears in the first two years of a child. Although ASD can be a lifelong disorder, treatments may help improve an autistic individual’s symptoms and ability to function. People on the spectrum may show developmental differences while growing up in the way they behave, communicate and interact.

How does music therapy make a difference to an autistic child?

Autistic individuals are often especially interested and responsive to music. Since many autistic individuals show a heightened interest in music, this therapy makes it a great therapeutic tool for working with them and addresses multiple developmental issues simultaneously.

Through it, musical therapists can build skills, lower anxiety, and may even develop new communication skills in autistic individuals. Therapists use music therapy to relate to the child at their level which helps them find commonality in music to make a connection, build trust, and increase social skills.

 

Therapies that may help an autistic child:

Music therapists create personalized treatment plans for individual children and they may include:

  1. Receptive Music Therapy: Involves listening to recorded or live music.
  2. Compositional Music Therapy: With this therapy the student creates music.
  3. Improvisational Music Therapy: The therapist helps the student to create music.
  4. Recreative Music Therapy: The student learns to play and perform on a musical instrument.
  5. Activity Music Therapy: This therapy involves musical games involving instruments.