Autism Spectrum Disorder ( Asd )

1998 Words May 23rd, 2016 8 Pages
Introduction
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one of the most researched child disorders. It affects every 1 in 100 people, affecting 4 times the amount of boys than it does girls. ASD can be detected in children as early as 18 months and is a lifelong condition affecting the social and communitive interactions in child’s life. Autism affects every person differently and to a different degree of severity. The symptoms of Autism present differently in each case and differ in development. The understanding of the disorder has come a long way and research has allowed better knowledge to be attained. Through the use of DSM-5, ADI-R ADOS there have been systems developed in order to help diagnose ASD, and therefore help manage the symptoms that go along with the disorder. There is no current cure for Autism and treatments vary, mainly focusing on the improvement of the quality of life for the child or adolescent. Music Therapy has been proven to help aid in improving clients QOL, as well as increasing social and cognitive skills in the clients. This paper aims to show the relevance of Music Therapy (MT) as a form of treatment for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It explores the effectiveness of Music Therapy sessions with clients suffering from differing levels of severities of Autism. Music therapy can be seen as a helpful and an important aspect in a child or adolescent’s treatment and management plan. MT can be used to help in aiding the child or…

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