Music and Children with Autism

While chilling at a coffee shop, a cover to Brooks and Dunn’s “Neon Moon” came on the radio and reminided me of a wonderful use of music in Mental Health. My uncle tells a story where my cousin, who is on the autism spectrum, learned to read and write through his love of country music. Once attatched to a song, he would spend hours using his fine motor skills transcribing the lyrics and expanding his vocabulary. From there, he joined the band when he entered high school where he learned beat, melody, and hand eye coordination through the marching band. For my cousin, music has been a huge part in his development!

So, I did some research and found a wonderful article from the Nurse Journal that highlights some of the benefits of utilizing music therapy with children on the autism spectrum as well as some support links for parents. You can check it out here https://nursejournal.org/community/the-benefits-of-music-therapy-for-autistic-children/

Take care of yourselves until next time.

-Mark

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