Many children with autism feel a natural connection with music, but don't always find it easy to participate in musical activities. Packed with tips, advice and activities, this book shows how music and rhythm can help with brain development and quality of life, and how to encourage a genuine enjoyment of music.
Dr Berger draws on her many years of experience in music-based clinical work, teaching and coaching, to answer common questions regarding musical interactions for children with autism. From what instrument to choose, how to find the right teacher, how to get your child to practice music, and even taking children to public music events, this book has all the essential information for you to dip into as and when needed. With practical information to help you solve problems that may arise, such as sensory overload, let this book guide you and your child towards positive interactions with music, regardless of whether or not they have prior musical abilities.
Overture: About the Book: A Letter to Parents. Part One: Music is Important for the Developing Child. 1. How and Why to Think 'Beyond the Spectrum'. 2. The Sense-ability of The Musical Brain. 3. Music for All Ages and Functions. Part Two: Providing Music in a Child's Life. 4. Music Lessons, Music Therapy, or Both? 5. What Instrument Should I Choose For My Child? 6. Lessons, Practice and Penalties. 7. Taking Your Child to a Concert. Part Three. Additional Considerations. 8. Music and Exceptional Needs. 9. Useful Information and Helpful Resources. Finale.
Dorita S. Berger is a concert pianist, an educator and a Board Certified music therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience in sensorimotor music-based treatment for autism spectrum and neurophysiologic-related diagnoses in children and adults. She conducts workshops and lectures on the role of music in science and medicine and continues to provide consultations and music therapy services, in addition to researching the role of music in human adaptation. Dorita resides in Durham, North Carolina, USA and is the author of Music Therapy, Sensory Integration and the Autistic Child, Eurhythmics for Autism and Other Neurophysiologic Diagnoses and co-author of The Music Effect: Music Physiology and Clinical Applications, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.