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How Music Therapy Helps Individuals With Autism

How Music Therapy Helps Individuals With Autism


Music therapy is used to lower blood pressure and relax tension in the muscles. It can serve as a method for reducing stress as well. One major benefit of music therapy is its positive effect on those suffering from autism. We’re going to take a look at how music therapy helps.

Music therapy is known to have the ability to disrupt patterns of isolation. Isolation and withdrawal from society have often been linked with autism. It’s been shown that audio experiences can develop a series of relationships. It is also a pleasurable experience for those suffering from autism, reducing behavioral disturbances.

People dealing with autism struggle to communicate. The root of the problem lies in being unable to manipulate symbolic representations. Music therapy tackles this issue with stimulation. This heightens the level of nervous activity in the brain processes. In effect, music therapy is able to assist with the communication problem.

With enough repetition, the idea is that eventually, the person suffering from autism shows signs of verbal or nonverbal communication. One way of achieving this is by teaching the individual how to play wind instruments. It’s used to heighten awareness as the individual is using their mouth in order to play the instrument. This means the person is able to understand the correlation between using their lips, teeth, and jaw and the sound coming out of the instrument.

Comprehension of language is also improved when using music therapy. That’s because the individual is able to make noise and shout. As a result, the individual can feel a sense of satisfaction. It’s crucial for learning social skills given that you are breaking isolation by making eye contact and taking turns. Improvising is also used to get responses from those suffering from autism.

Music therapy can be an effective way to help autistic individuals communicate both verbally and nonverbally. It has been proven to help children with autism stay focused and not hop around from instrument to instrument. During this process, stress levels tend to drop and any behavioral issues are curved thanks to the focus being put on the music and tends to be a  highly-regarded way of eliminating isolation.


This article was originally published on Jo-Michael Scheibe's website.

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Music can be helpful in so many ways. If I want to block out the world, I put on my headset and lose myself in music. 

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