Benefits of Music Therapy for Autistic Children

By |2022-01-18T10:18:22-05:00January 14, 2022|Autism and Other Special Needs|

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) individuals are often especially interested and responsive to music. Music therapy is a well-established technique for using musical interaction to help individuals with identified emotional, intellectual, physical or social needs. Music therapy may help autistic children build skills in areas like behaviour, communication sensory issues and may lower anxiety. It can be used as a natural reinforcer to achieve desired responses. Following are some of the benefits of music therapy for children on the spectrum: Improves communication Autistic children may tend to better express themselves through music than any other form of expression. Music therapy may also [...]

Strategies to Reduce Echolalia

By |2022-01-18T10:22:27-05:00December 28, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

Echolalia refers to the repetition of certain words or phrases spoken by someone else, either after the words were said, or later on. It is often associated as a function of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). With an autistic child, echolalia may appear with more frequency versus children with standard developing language. It is important that we support children by using echolalia to try to reshape it to help children communicate in a more natural way. Following are some strategies that can be used to reduce echolalia:   Use simple words and phrases When communicating with your child, try using simple words [...]

Benefits of Water Play

By |2022-01-18T10:22:58-05:00December 23, 2021|Autism and Other Special Needs, Early Childhood Development|

Playing with water is not only a source of enjoyment, but it also helps in your child’s development. Water play involves using toys, buckets, containers and of course water, which your child can scoop, splash or pour with the above-mentioned tools. Not only will your child stay occupied while playing with water, but he will also start to learn through fun hands-on play. Following are some benefits of water play:     Language development Water play helps to develop your child’s language. When playing with water and several tools with it, your child builds new vocabulary. During water play, you can [...]

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