Music Therapy and Autism
Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder that refers to a range of conditions usually characterized by symptoms including but not limited to a lack of social skills, obsession, repetitive behaviors, and speech developmental problems.
Autism is a neurological disorder that has neither a cure nor medications to treat it, but medications like antidepressants and anticonvulsants to alleviate some of its associated symptoms. Therapeutic treatments include behavioral therapy, anger management therapy, family therapy, and an array of other psychiatric and medical interventions. Music therapy has shown promise in assisting the development of people on the autism spectrum alongside and in addition to other therapeutic measures and to be an effective method of facilitating learning as well.
Music therapy offers a gateway into some of the deepest emotional and psychological aspects of the mind. It also serves as a powerful tool for self-expression and social development for people on the autism spectrum. With the availability of music therapy in the patient’s treatment, researchers and medical professionals concluded that it can help increase social interactions in more appropriate manners by reducing self-stimulatory actions. It also allows the patient to associate their emotions with certain music in order to identify and communicate it in a more understandable way. T
hese benefits provided from music therapy are paving a path for people on the autism spectrum to attain social acceptance from their peers.