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 Dreams) and 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 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
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