Music has always been therapy to the sad mind and a motivation to the happy faces, but who knew it could do wonders for even kids and adults who have autism? Well, there have been several studies conducted in recent years that have proven a deep connection between music and people on the autism spectrum. The individuals that usually struggle with social, verbal and cognitive abilities have reportedly shown significant improvements in their daily chores and overall personality.
Today, music has become a crucial tool in autism therapy. It shows high stimulation in both hemispheres of the brain of the patient, rather than just one. This means that an interesting song or musical instrument can support cognitive activity in the autistic people, build some sort of self-awareness in them and also promote communicative behavior.
So, give your loved one a chance – enrol them in a good music school and watch their transformation happening. Here is how you can expect them to change:
- Increased Socialization
Many studies have shown encouragement in autistic children to come out of their shell and engage more with their peer groups after attending a few music lessons. Some even showed that the autistic children started interacting more appropriately with others and picked up the concepts of sharing and taking turns.
- Improved Verbal Skills
Autistic people face a hard time with their self-expression. But, several researchers have now proven that if a child suffering from autism is sent early for music lessons, he/she can develop a way for verbal expression very quickly. They get to improve their vocalization, verbalization, and vocabulary and also communicate their inner feelings in a better way.
- Balanced Behavior and Emotions
Autistic individuals get an easy outlet to express their emotions through music and experience lesser anxiety than otherwise. Calming rhythms and soft classical music instantly bring down negative behaviors like aggression and tantrums in them. And because music connects to the auditory and motor parts of the brain, they start to understand and obey verbal commands and directions comfortably.
- Enhanced Cognitive Functioning
Music therapies have shown a commendable difference in the educational skills for autistic children. Spending time in playing the piano and other instruments help them learn and organize auditory information. These music’s rhythmic patterns then develop a heightened ability to learn more and retain their memories and daily schedules.
- Enforced Patience and Discipline
Generally, every musician is forced to remain patient and disciplined. Now, that is something not to be taken negatively. It is just that the complete understanding of a musical instrument doesn’t come easy – it requires time and effort. There will be a hundred imperfect tones before one touches the right strings. So, naturally, an autistic student will start realizing the interruption in their sequences and developing patience with time. As a result, you will see the change in other aspects of their lives too.