The Music and Autism Connection
As defined by Autism Speaks, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation For a long while we have been looking for a greater cause and a bigger contribution that we can make beyond reviving our customers headphones , and after a long search we are happy to announce that we have found our purpose . 2 Specific customers of ours have touched our heart with their warm feedback and made us realize that we are doing far more than just replacing cushions . As of July 1st 2017, Wicked Cushions will be donating 10% of its profits to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation every month . The ASDF's mission is to help the children with ASD by providing resources, education and financial aid to assist in helping those effected and their families.
Wicked Cushions is taking action
The funds we donate to ASDF will be used to address many issues in helping children with autism. Through the right resources and proper financial aid, together we are able to give autistic children and their families the resources they need to grow. The ASDF spreads awareness by sending out complementary Early Detection Kits to both individuals, agencies and schools who work with infants; increasing public awareness and the effects autism has on individuals and families; providing financial assistance to those effected; and providing camp scholarships that allow children to explore new horizons.
So what is the connection between Autism and Music?
Music and autism research shows positive effects of music therapy for autistic children and adults . Coast Music Therapy has provided the latest proven studies and results and they regularly updates this list to reflect the most current research. Results show that those effected, especially those with high functioning autism, demonstrate improvements in processing music and pitch compared to neurotypical peers. The benefits of music and music therapy also improve communication, social-emotional development, and behavior. Most recently, the use of auditory rhythmic cueing and Auditory-Motor Mapping Training are being explored as approaches for treatment.
Here are a few quick tips on how to use music in therapy:
- If your child can't fill the last word to a song-phrase, give them a movement to imitate.
- Set a social story to a familiar children's tune or chant it to a rhythmic beat.
- Use novelty to increase motivation (sing in a funny voice or create sound effects)
- Choose relevant musical rewards.
- Help your child tap their hand to a beat with each syllable when working on speech imitation.