Listening to music has proven to be therapeutic for adults and children alike. Listening (or even singing along) to your favorite song can improve your mood, help you relax and can lessen any feelings of stress or anxiety you may be feeling. With that in mind, it is no surprise that music and music therapy have also been proven to have a positive effect on children with autism and related disorders.
According to a study conducted by The Nurse Journal, the reason why listening to or playing music is particularly beneficial for children with autism, is because music stimulates both hemispheres of the brain at the same time. This means music is a useful tool in cognitive development and can help children with autism gain a greater understanding of relationships, behaviors and the world around them.
Due to this, you may find it useful to find new ways to incorporate music into your daily life! Here are some great ways you can do this.
1) Listen to music in the car
Create a playlist full of your child’s favorite music, and set aside a little time each day to listen to it. One of the best ways to ensure this happens every day is to listen to music on a specific journey – such as when you are dropping them off at school. If your child is preparing to return to school post COVID-19, they may be feeling heightened anxiety so this could help in making the process as comfortable as possible. The change can be quite a challenge for , read our article on how to help your child return to school.
2) Learn to play an instrument
Children with autism or related disorders often have a passion for learning and thrive in an environment where they are continuously challenged. This means they often excel when it comes to learning to play an instrument.
So, whether you learn from the comfort of your own home or enroll in local classes, learning an instrument is sure to be a great way to encourage your child to develop. Furthermore, learning to play an instrument is a lot of fun!
Once your child grows in confidence, why not host a family talent show in the living room and give them the opportunity to show of their talent?
3) Music Therapy
At Allee behavioral, we have years of experience in providing quality services for children with autism and their families, helping children reach their full potential in their everyday lives. We offer a range of bespoke services, from speech therapy to applied behavioral analysis and will work closely with you and your child to provide them with the necessary support and encouragement. Speak to your child’s therapist to discuss the various ways in which music can be incorporated into their therapy sessions.
4) Combine music and learning
As mentioned previously, children with autism often have a deep passion for learning and education. Music is a great way to help them with information recall, and you can find many resources online that help make learning fun by applying it to song.
Music can also be used to help your child gain a better understanding of more complex topics, such as emotions and relationships, which many children with autism and related disorders may struggle with.
Music Positively Impacts Children with Autism
Music is a great way to allow your child to learn, develop and most importantly relax. In a chaotic world, it is useful to find a creative outlet for your child that allows them to grow and develop while relaxing. So, pick your favorite tune and get dancing!