Music is powerful. Music stimulates the entire brain and has the power to improve your mood, reduce pain, and calm you down. It is also a useful tool in speech and occupational therapies. Music can be especially useful for children with autism spectrum disorder, as it provides a great vehicle for therapists to improve the development of social skills.
How can you tune into this universal language? If your child is young, sing them a lullaby to stimulate early language development. If your kiddo is ready to bang out their own beat, help them create a few instruments with items you have around the house – pots and pans or plastic bottles and rice. Holding a spoon to bang on the pot helps with gross motor development. If your child is ready to get their groove on, queue up a kid-friendly playlist on your favorite music app and start a dance party. This will work on their body awareness, coordination, and balance.
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