Treatment For Autism : How to Use Music to Help Children with ASD


Music with Children with Autism
Hey, everyone. Welcome back to The Rhythm Tree. My name is Ryan Judd here to give you
more tips and tricks on how to use music to help children with special needs. If you haven’t
already, please sign up for my newsletter. I’ve got an easy link right below. In that
newsletter, I share even more ideas exclusively with my newsletter subscribers on how to use
music to help children with special needs. In this video clip today, I am working with
my client with Autism and we are, once again, using the cabasa. I love this instrument and
it is so much fun to use. I highlighted this a couple of weeks ago in a blog post and I
mentioned how it can also be used as part of a brushing program for sensory input, part
of a sensory diet, and this clip illustrates that beautifully. You’ll see my client not
only brushing himself but I’m using it to brush him with. This video also illustrates
the motivational power of music and how you can use that to work on requesting with an
AAC device, sign language or verbally. In this particular case, it’s using the AAC
device. I also show you this cool little slap-clap pattern which if you’re singing to a child,
want to spice things up, and make it more engaging and rhythmic, that’s just such
a great way to do it. You’ll notice that the melody I’m using is a Mulberry Bush
melody… “So, this is the way we brush our hands, brush our hands, brush our hands.”
The Mulberry Bush melody is a great one to put your own words to, to encourage your child
to do something, maybe some therapy of the goal they’re working on. So, that’s a
fun one to mess with. This segways to a different video clip, same
child, same cabasa, and you’ll even see him using the cabasa on his mouth, which I
thought was really interesting because it showed his craving for sensory input. Then,
you’ll see me play the guitar and reflecting his play by the dynamics on the guitar. Now,
that’s a little more advanced but you could even do it with the slap-clap pattern. If
a child started stomping around the room real fast, you could speed it up or if they’re
being very quiet, you could be quiet – always being respectful and reflecting the energy
and intensity that the child has with whatever they may be doing. I hope you found this helpful and I look forward
to seeing you in the future. Once again, please subscribe to my newsletter. Thank you for joining me at TheRhythmTree.com. Take care.

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