Music therapy is the use of music to facilitate non-musical goals — and it can be incredibly beneficial to people with autism.
Brianna Shaffer, a board certified music therapist with a neurological music specialty, runs a business called Play Your Part and works with both children and adults on the spectrum. It can help with cognitive skills, socialization, fine and gross motor skills, and communication. What’s really great about this therapy is, for those who love music and are motivated by it, sessions feel more like play time than learning time. What fun!
Listen as she talks to Autism Live about the benefits of music therapy!
Music isn’t the only type of fun therapy used to help people with autism. There’s also play therapy, which, as its name suggests, uses play to develop necessary motor and social skills. However, it’s not affordable for all families.