April is Autism Awareness month. It is almost here! World Autism Awareness Day is April 2. On this day we encourage you to “Light It Up Blue” by wearing blue or lighting up your school, home or work place in blue. Home Depot has blue light bulbs for World Autism Awareness Day and they are donating $1 to Autism Speaks for each purchase. NeuroRhythm encourages you to support autism awareness by learning more about it, informing others, advocating, volunteering, donating, sponsoring, etc.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause communication and behavioral challenges. Learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD ranges from gifted to severely impaired. ASD now includes conditions that used to be diagnosed separately such as: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger Syndrome. Today 1 in 68 children are diagnosed as having ASD. The causes of Autism are still being researched and there are no known cures, although several treatments have been shown to be effective. Effective therapies and/or treatments for a person with autism include Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Nutrition, and Music Therapy.
NeuroRhythm is a research-based behavioral music therapy practice, and we are the only company that integrates the scientific fields of Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) with Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). This means that you receive our unique expertise and research-based methods in a fun, motivating and engaging way that has been proven effective for autism. Find out more by visiting NeuroRhythm's autism webpage. Don't forget to like us on Facebook!
Sprouting Melodies® is an award-winning early childhood music program. It is the only early childhood music program created by music therapists and offered through board certified music therapists who complete the early childhood training.
Sprouting Melodies® offers a distinctly different, research-based approach to infant and toddler music classes. Age-specific classes for infants, toddlers, siblings and preschoolers include songs, instrument play and movement that encourage musical, social, physical, and emotional growth and development.
All of the songs used in our Sprouting Melodies classes are created or adapted by Board Certified Music Therapists to address areas of development in young children. With their expertise in music therapy and special training in early childhood development, Sprouting Melodies Providers™ are uniquely qualified to cater to the needs of individual children within groups. They also teach parents how music can strengthen bonds, engage cooperation and transform situations within the family.
April is Autism Awareness month and April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. NeuroRhythm encourages you to support autism by learning more about it, informing others, advocating, volunteering, donating, sponsoring, etc.
There are some upcoming autism events where you can support autism in Colorado. Autism and Asperger Connections is having Story Time with K9to5 therapy dogs on Saturday April 12th at the Penrose Library in Colorado Springs. They also have regularly scheduled support group meetings in Colorado Springs. Alpine Autism Center is having their annual fundraising walk on Saturday April 26th at America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs. Autism Speaks is having their fun-filled, family friendly fundraising walk event to raise money for research on Saturday May 10th at Coors Field in Denver. Also once a month in Denver AMC Theatres teams up with the Autism Society to provide sensory friendly films. And for the whole month of April, Autism and Asperger Connections is running an Autism-Friendly Business Campaign where you can nominate your favorite autism-friendly business through a quick online survey. NeuroRhythm thanks you for considering nominating us as your favorite autism-friendly business in Colorado Springs!
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art. Today 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) are diagnosed as having ASD. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition (DSM-V) revised the information about ASD last year with important updates for loved ones and professionals to be aware of. The causes of autism are still being researched and there are no known cures, although several treatments have been shown to be effective. Some effective autism therapy and treatments include Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, Nutrition and Music Therapy.
We are a research-based behavioral music therapy practice, and we are the only company that integrates the scientific fields of Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). This means that you receive our unique expertise and research-based methods in a fun, motivating and engaging way that have been proven effective for autism.
Here are downloadable fact sheets and research on music therapy and autism from the American Music Therapy Association: MT_Autism.pdf and Research_MT_Autism.pdf. Be sure to view our NeuroRhythm Autism webpage and explore our website for lots of great information and resources about music therapy.
Please consider nominating NeuroRhythm as your favorite autism-friendly business and don't forget to like us on Facebook!
All over Colorado and the nation, music therapists work together to increase public awareness of music therapy.
The project in February of 2014 is called the Social Media Advocacy Project, in which music therapists from all over the United States create blogs, podcasts, video blogs, and newsletters centered around the theme "We are...". The theme this year will honor the profession of music therapy as distinct and unique from other types of therapy, working toward the overall goal of increasing legislature in each state so that individuals can have easier access to music therapy services.
If you are interested in hearing what other music therapists from across the country have to say, visit: http://musictherapystaterecognition.blogspot.com/2013/12/2014-social-media-advocacy-project.html.
Not only is Music Therapy Advocacy month a great way for music therapists to interact and make contact with one another, but also for clients receiving music therapy services to spread the word about music therapy to their family, friends, neighbors, and acquaintances. If you have a great story about the way music therapy has impacted your life or the life of your child, please spread the word to a friend or email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always eager to hear how music therapy has made an impact, and then post the story on our website for others to see.
Another event happening in February is the Online Conference for Music Therapy. This worldwide, online conference is 24 hours long and will begin on February 8th, 2014 Greenwich time, which is February 7th at 5pm mountain time. Many music therapists from around the world will be giving presentations on different aspects of music therapy, covering topics from infant care to hospice care and every stage of life in between. If you are interested in learning more about the conference, please visit this website: http://onlineconferenceformusictherapy.com/
And, as always, if you have any further questions about music therapy or the services that NeuroRhythm offers, please contact us here.
Have you ever wondered about creative arts therapies such as music therapy, dance/movement therapy and art therapy and how they can help? An article titled, Healing Through the Arts featured NeuroRhythm in the November 2013 edition of Colorado Parent Magazine. It not only highlights music therapy and what it can offer, but also other creative arts therapies such as dance/movment therapy and art therapy. Creative arts therapies are becoming more widely known. With articles such as this, those who still have some questions or might not have heard about these therapies can gain more information about what they are and how they can help loved ones with disabilities such as autism or medical conditions.
Do you know someone who is looking for more information about music therapy? Are you or someone you know looking for more information about creative arts therapies in general and how they can help individuals with developmental and neurological challenges such as autism or individuals with medical conditions? This article is a great place to start, with quick overviews of each creative arts therapy and a list of some websites for more information. And of course, if you want to know more about music therapy, feel free to contact us at NeuroRhythm through the contact tab on our website.