Neurologic Music Therapy – Addressing the Movement Differences of Autism While Assuming Competence

Karyn (Casey) DePriest, MT-BC

Autism Spectrum Disorder is becoming a growing concern for schools, communities, and families as the prevalence expands. National statistics of 1:68 live births results in an ASD diagnosis, and 25% of these individuals are non-verbal. New research is opening our eyes to the neurologic connectivity differences which often leave a nonverbal autistic child with motor impairment, sensory processing difficulties, dysregulation of movement and emotions, and unreliable speech. Learn how new research and a presumption of competence is uncovering the true abilities of these individuals, by supporting the development of functional movement through music and rhythm.

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