Natural Healing and Music for Autism
September 7, 2008 · Print This Article
For parents who have autistic children, there is no type of therapy left unexplored. If it is even suggested that a particular form of therapy could be beneficial to their child, most parents will try it to see for themselves. Natural healing is one of the ways many parents attempt to enhance their autistic child’s learning. This can include diet, speech therapy, play therapy, sensory therapy and music therapy. It is commonly believed that a combination of different remedies will best help the child in coping with autism and allow them to learn at a faster pace. While many different therapies are effective, music therapy seems to cross many boundaries and assist in all aspects of other learning. Even if it si not the main source, it can enhance other forms of therapy.
In people without autism, music can be soothing, inspiring and incite the senses. Because autistic children are often sensitive to sound and seem to be attuned to music, the benefits most people find in music can be especially helpful with autism. It is a non verbal and non threatening way to enhance situations and to calm the child. It can also be used as a tool to increase the ability to learn. It can be used in conjunction with speech therapy in order to speed up the understanding of vocabulary and language patterns.
Social situations, commonly difficult for autistic children, are much easier with the assistance of music in the classroom. For example, you can use music to encourage autistic children to sit together and interact. You can even encourage eye contact with the use of clapping in time to the music or using cymbals. Silly songs and fun beats can often incite smiles in laughter in otherwise stoic children. For those who have difficulty following the rules, making rules to music can be highly successful.
Music also soothes the senses and can make a stressful situation seem calmer. This can help the autistic child in a number of ways across of number of learning opportunities. Motor skills can be enhanced by practicing physical activities to a beat. Musical ability is also often displayed in those who have autism. While not every child is the same, many autistic children are sensitive to musicality. Some have good singing voices, others can mimic sounds, some may have perfect pitch and others may be able to play an instrument easily by ear. Regardless, theses skills can all b used to enhance other areas of learning.
Speech problems are typical in autistic children but with the use of music, they can learn vocabulary and sentence structure. It is common for autistic children to speak in monosyllabic tones but this can gradually dissipate with the use of music therapy as a natural healing remedy. Children will often understand how to structure a question as opposed to a statement or use an exclamation appropriately when initially taught via music.
Therapists who use music as a tool to enhance the teaching process to autistic children report a high rate of success. Parents and teachers alike should try music therapy as a means to enhance their autistic child’s learning ability. It is also highly successful as a natural healing remedy to soothe when in a stressful situation.