Music and ASD We will be offering music programs designed specifically to address the needs of children with ASD which can foster significant improvement in cognition, communication, social skills, behavioural issues, and emotion regulation. Playing music offers the opportunity for children with ASD to experience non-verbal communication, and an alternative to verbal emotional expression. In other words, music gives children with ASD an opportunity to express themselves in a way that may not otherwise be possible. Music sessions involving caregivers, as well as children with ASD, can enrich relationships and foster further relational development between child and adult. A caregiver’s involvement can also affect their self-efficacy beliefs, resulting in better wellbeing, and a healthy and positive home life. In addition to the social, behavioural, cognitive and relational benefits that music participation brings for children with or without ASD, it is also fun!”
How music can make a difference for children with ASD
Music is known to stimulate both hemispheres of our brain, particularly when a teacher uses a song or instrument to stimulate cognitive learning.
Children build self-awareness and improved relationships by sharing music with others. It allows children to interact more easily with others by ncommunicating through music
Singing & Listening
a child's interpretation of lyrics and sound also facilitates communication.
For children with autism, this could mean learning lyrics, or understanding how to act in a social situation. This can be achieved by incorporating messages hidden in song lyrics.
Although autism can create social barriers, by experiencing music and being involved in small musical groups, children are more likely to develop confidence enough to engage with others, sing, or dance with others.
This is achieved by stimulating their sensory systems, and enhancing their fine motor skills.