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Here are five ways you can use music in therapy with children with Austism.

  1. If your child can’t fill in the last word to a song phrase, give them a movement to imitate instead.

  2.  Set a Social Story™ to a familiar children’s tune or chant it to a rhythmic beat.

  3. Use novelty to increase motivation: sing in a silly voice, create sound effects, or bring out the bubbles!

  4. Choose relevant musical rewards. Instead of using a food reward for completion of a color task, use a rainbow xylophone as a reward, or as an actual way to teach colors.

  5. Help your child tap their hand to a beat with each syllable when working on speech imitation. Read more about Auditory-Motor Mapping research for autism here.

(Courtesy of Coast Music Therapy)

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