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ERIC Number: EJ897067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Appreciating the Power of a Song--and a Voice
Murphy, Patti
Exceptional Parent, v40 n7 p37-38 Jul 2010
For 8-year-old Josh Greiner, the old cliche that music is a universal language has new meaning. As he adapts to a world where being non-verbal sometimes makes it hard to fit in, Josh is coming to understand the power of a song to break everyday communication barriers and provide motivation to try things. Music has always been a part of his daily routine--and from watching music videos when he comes home from school to having his mom sing to him and his brother Matthew, 5, before they go to sleep. Josh has taken his interest in music to new levels, one measure at a time, through the "Music, Movement and More" therapeutic recreational group he attended for the past two years with children who, like him, face challenges related to conditions on the autism spectrum and developmental delays. Coinciding with Josh's experiences is a growing recognition of the potential benefits of structured musical activities for individuals with autism. Gains individuals experienced in communication, language and literacy skills are attributed to music therapy interventions, as are positive outcomes including increased attention, enhanced auditory processing and sensory-motor skills, improved cognitive functioning, decreased agitation, and successful and safe self-expression.
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Language: English
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