Music Has A Calming Power In Reducing Meltdown

Music has a calming power in reducing meltdown for autistic children. It helps them to music therapy cd-158817_640relax whenever they are having a bad day.

My son,  John loves music. When he was little, he used to dance when he hears an upbeat music but he can’t tolerate high-pitched sounds or loud noise. He used to cover his ears with his hands and screamed when he hears them. His sensory problems bring this about. When overloaded with sounds he always resorts to “meltdown”.

He has a habit of banging his head on the wall or on the floor so; I always have to hold him tight and put pressure on his arms to protect him from hurting himself. I always have to close our door and windows to minimize the noise from outside as well as decrease the intensity of our light, which might aggravate his meltdown.

His behavior made me feel anxious and helpless because I don’t know how to calm him down. So, I did constant research about the methods to calm autistic children and found out that a soft relaxing music might lessen the intensity of his meltdown because of his heightened sensory problems.

By letting my son listened to Indigo Ocean Dreams (Indigo Dreamsand electronic pop music,  I was able to make him relax.

I even bought him a Skullcandy Hesh 2.0 Over-Ear Headphones – Navy/Red Paul Frank that he could just listen to the music without any background noise.

His behavior has improved and has less meltdown. His speech and communication skills also improved and his concentration and attention skills have marked improvement as well. I could easily call his attention and encourage him to have eye contact with me.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is a method used to help children on the autistic spectrum. It is provided by a musical therapist, which involves the use of music and musical instruments to stimulate and relax autistic children thereby resulting in positive changes.

Benefits to autistic children

  • Develop listening
  • Encourage voluntary play
  • Enhance communication
  • Toughen muscles and improve motor coordination
  • Help children to trust and build bonding relationships
  • Improve concentration and attention
  • Provide a medium for self-expression
  • Enhance language development through songs and turn-taking
  • Stimulates imagination and creativity

Hope you find this topic about the calming power of music in reducing meltdown useful. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to comment below and I will try to answer it as soon as I can.

Sincerely yours, 

Adel 🙂

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10 thoughts on “Music Has A Calming Power In Reducing Meltdown

    1. That’s great, Tiffany. It is indeed helpful and therapeutic because music calms their senses. What is your three son’s favourite type of music?

  1. Interesting read on the calming effects of music for autistics. Even though I don’t have autism, I can totally relate to this. Music used to really do wonders for me after a long hard day at school. I’ve realized over the years that music has a very powerful effect on me, whether it’s relaxing ambiance or something higher energy to compliment an excited mood state. Thanks for this!

    1. Thank you, Paul. Music indeed has a relaxing effect to the human mind and body. It helps us to focus and encourage concentration, the reason why it is also a great way in helping people on the autistic spectrum.

  2. I have always wondered about the positive effects of music on our mind and this has led me to know about various amazing stuff but this is something I have heard for the very first time. In your case, you discovered it on your own but I am very sure that through this post you are making it much easier for others to calm their kids during such situations. A friend of mind needs to see this, so I would send the link right away.

    1. Yes! Music indeed has its calming power of the mind, and it’s a good tool to use for children with autism. Thank you for recommending this link to your friend. Kind regards!

  3. Hi Adel,

    What a beautiful site and a beautiful article! I am drawn to this because I used to work with autistic children. I wish I would have known back then about the power of music therapy.

    I love the fact that it is not only relaxing, but a very effective teaching tool also!

    I loved the video!! I applaud you for what you are doing to bring awareness to autism.

    I wish you the very best,


    1. As they say, music heals the soul. Music relaxes the mind and body so, it would benefit autistic children because of their sensory problems. It will teach them to concentrate thus improving their problems with attention and communication. Thank you for finding my site usefully spreading autism awareness

  4. Very interesting post about music being able to help with meltdowns. It seems almost counterintuitive to think that music could cancel out the noises a child hears on the outside and help to calm them.
    It’s impossible to truly understand what an autistic child goes through when they experience this sort of sensory overload, but its great to know that there are people as good as yourself out there willing to help!

    1. It’s really hard to understand autistic children, but if you will try to enter their world, you will be able to help them better. They need all the love and support we could give them and what better way we could ease the tension that they are feeling inside by having them listen to soft relaxing music. Thank you for your kind words.

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