What is Autism NOW?
You know how some children with Autism have difficulty communicating and often jump up and down flailing their arms because that is the only way they know how to communicate their needs to their loved ones or the people around them. Well, music therapists can immediately dissolve that behavior through the use of music and rhythm that is specifically chosen to help them regulate their systems and use improvisational songs to encourage and inspire vocal and verbal responses, thus, enabling them to communicate more effectively and even use their voice for the first time.
People with autism are often labeled as being a ‘behavior problem’ and ‘mentally retarded’ whenever there is an odd behavior, such as flailing their arms, jumping up and down repeatedly, rocking side to side, making vocal noises while clapping their hands, etc. What if there was another explanation for these ‘behaviors’. New research and a new paradigm are shifting the belief that people with autism have cognitive difficulties and that much of their movement is involuntary. These movement patterns are a way for these individuals to communicate because they are not given effective ways to communicate.
The new paradigm is looking at autism as those that have movement differences and processing difficulties. Most of their movements are involuntary or visually driven and they often have difficulty initiating, sustaining, and inhibiting movement patterns. This is why people with autism often fail or have difficulty on standardized tests because they require intact motor and communication skills. Sign language does not work with individuals with autism either because that requires intact motor functioning. Neurologic music therapy is very effective because it uses rhythm and music to directly impact the motor system. NMT techniques are scientifically and clinically proven to enhance communication and motor functioning in those with autism.
Neuroscientists researching the affects of music and rhythm on the brain are finding that rhythm and music primes the motor system. The motor system synchronizes to auditory-rhythmic cues sub-consciously in those with neurologic impairments. So, when given those cues, individuals with autism can regulate their systems and express themselves at a faster rate than when given visual cues. Providing external auditory rhythmic cues while participating in drumming can prepare the body and central nervous system for appropriate interactions during cognitive tasks or social engagements.
Bring your loved one or child in for an evaluation with Cami and find out if Neurologic Music Therapy would be beneficial for them.
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Contact: Cami Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or inquiries about music therapy.