Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Making Music

Many children with autism have an affinity for music.
Not only does music abound in rhythm, rules and rhyme,
kids with autism often retain perfect pitch (there's some
evidence to support that we're all born with perfect pitch).
Kindermusik and other music programs may be good activities
for young kids with autism, letting them interact with other 
kids in a way that minimizes differences and builds on strengths.
My boy did  a couple of Kindermusik classes and while he
did not always stick with the program, he enjoyed it.
Of course Kindermusik is pricey, but you can create music
with your child at home or, if you're lucky, at your library.
You might even start your own music class if you're
ambitious enough. Many songs are in the public domain,
and combining finger games, circling activities, and simple instruments 
is easy to do. Think London Bridge is Falling Down and 
Ring Around the Rosie.
For instruments, shakers are easy - small milk or pop bottles
filled with rice or beans. And don't forget pots and pans! 
For more ideas, check out 
Making Music: 6 Instruments You Can Create by Eddie Oates
and Nifty Thrifty Music Crafts by Felicia Niven.
And here's a book/song that grabbed my boy's imagination:
Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo
by the absurdly multi-talented John Lithgow.
Music may be a wonderful resource for your child whatever
their age. Have fun exploring!
-Spectrum Mom

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