music therapy for autism

Includes singing, movement to music, and playing instruments. Supposed to be a good medium for kids with developmental disabilities because it requires no verbal interaction, music is by nature structured, facilitates play, can aid in socialization and influence behavior. Another is called sensory integration therapy A person is trained to deal with sensory sensitivities. The goal is to reduce that anxiety through repeated exposure. The next one is called holding therapy. Holding therapy gained wide-spread attention when Dr Martha Welch, a child psychiatrist from New York, began using it as a means of working with children with autism. Her work is written in the book, Holding Time. During holding therapy the parent attempts to make contact with the child in various ways.This may mean simply comforting a distressed child, but often the parent may hold the child for periods of time, even if the child is fighting against the embrace. The child sits or lies face to face with the parent, who tries to establish eye contact, as well as to share feelings verbally throughout the holding session. The parent remains calm and in control and offers comfort when the child stops resisting. Many people feel this is a variant of SIT (sensory integration therapy), which helps the child adjust to and overcome sensory overload, and are holding therapy’s advocates. Some high functioning autistic people have protested that this treatment is too traumatic. I would like to point out at this time that there are different therapy’s and not all may work for your child’s needs. The next type of therapy is call the squeeze machine Developed by Temple Grandin. Supposed to reduce hyperactivity and tactile defensiveness. Gives the autistic control over the amount of pressure exerted. Last on my list is the Lovaas method. Lovaas therapy refers to the treatment model developed by Ivar Lovaas, Ph.D., at the UCLA clinic for Behavioral Treatment Of Children, and is mostly behavior modification program. Dr. Lovaas has worked with autistic children for over 30 years, and studies show it helped some kids, but requires one-on-one with a trainer for 40 hours a week.

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