Music Therapy can be an effective way for individuals on the autism spectrum to fully express themselves. At Dynamic Lynks, we assess each client’s strengths and areas of need to determine the best course of treatment in a client-centered way. Using a variety of clinical approaches, we are able to meet the client where they are to help bring them to where they want to be.
In individual sessions, our therapists design interventions for each client to target their specific areas of need in an inclusive and affirming way. Using instrument play, singing, sensorimotor play, and music listening; clients practice skill development in the communication, cognitive, sensorimotor, and social/emotional domains.
In group sessions, our therapists use music as a means of social interaction and social communication. Clients learn strategies to facilitate meaningful peer relations as well as how to manage their emotional expression and regulation.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Criteria
As of 2013, the DSM categorizes Autism as:
Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts.
Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.
Symptoms must be present in the early developmental period.
Symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning.
These disturbances are not better explained by intellectual disability (intellectual developmental disorder) or global developmental delay.
Additionally the DSM V added levels of severity for Autism Spectrum Disorder, ranging from "requiring support" to "requiring very substantial support"
*As defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition