Music Therapy for autism - one family's positive experience

Amanda - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone...

Some people have expressed interest in Music Therapy -- what it is, what it isn't, how it works.

I included a review of our experience, as well as a video of a session, on my blog, if you're interested:

www.AmandaBroadfoot.com

If anyone else has a Music Therapy experience -- good, bad, or indifferent -- I'd love to hear about it!

All the best,
Amanda
Blogging for Billy at www.AmandaBroadfoot.com

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Gianina - posted on 04/09/2010

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You're most welcome. I'm going to share with you the Music therapist who worked with my son. Angela Guerriero has her own business in PA and NJ and I believe in Fla too. I had her in PA, before moving to OHIO. She is quite unique in presenting her Music therapy. She even created a social group which is great for those who loves music and needs help in socializing. I like her because she is willing to try what I suggested. Her website is temptherapy.com.

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Awesome news, Gianina! It must have been such a moment the first time he said EIEIO. ♥

Amanda, the book is called Reaching and Teaching the Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Using Learning Preferences and Strengths. It's geared more toward school teachers, but I found it to have a lot of helpful information nonetheless.

Here's a link:
http://www.amazon.com/Reaching-Teaching-...

Amanda - posted on 04/08/2010

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Thanks, Melissa! Do you mind my asking the name of the book you're reading? It sounds really interesting :-)

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Amanda - posted on 04/08/2010

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Thanks so much for the book recommendation, Melissa - i'm going to check it out.

Gianina, that's so inspiring to hear the progress your son has made. Keep up the great work!

All the best,

Amanda
Blogging for Billy at www.AmandaBroadfoot.com

Gianina - posted on 04/08/2010

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My son is considered 'nonverbal' , has apraxia speech impairment. We have used speech therapists and he just doesn't like going there. Now, I thought real hard what else we could do and I realized that he loves 'Walt Disney' songs. Soooooo I went to a music therapist and request that she helps encourage my son to vocalize (not words but sounds...to verbally imitate the therapist).. It only took 2 weeks and he started to verbally imitate ...we started out with Old McDonald and he would recite 'EIEIO'.. It was a success... my goal was to get him to 'verbally imitate'... He can say some words/sentences...but not the complex words....just the basic words like 'eat, drink, 'want' etc...).

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Thanks for posting! We do not officially do music therapy, but I learned my son has a high affinity for music and got him into lessons with a teacher interested in working with kids with autism. He is picking up on the piano very quickly and is so proud when he plays! Of course he is barely 4, so we've been working on instilling a love of music as opposed to too much pressure to perform.



I have been reading a book that focuses on teaching children w/ autism based on their Meyers-Briggs personality type as well as their learning preference (from the theory of multiple intelligences). From what I understand, many children w/ autism learn well with (respond to) music, so I think music therapy is a great idea!

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