Around 1 in 68 children in America are diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder but for many families, the challenge of putting the puzzle pieces together starts well before that key diagnosis. Parents continue to look for new and innovative ways to not only support their child in their learning and development but to find crucial ways to help those with NVLD communicate and express themselves.
That’s why new treatments, such as art and music therapy, are becoming increasingly popular. Expressive therapies help children connect with the world around them. It gives a voice to their emotions and allows them a channel through which they can both express their thoughts, feelings, and frustrations.
A Positive Form of Alternative Communication
For children and young people with NVLD, verbally expression themselves is especially difficult, often impossible. Expressive therapies offer a way for people to express themselves directly, without using words. Children with autism or NVLD can often be visual thinkers and expressing their ideas and feelings through images, music or movement, can feel more natural for them. It can also be a welcome relief from the everyday struggle of always using the correct words.
This uses different types of media and creative processes to reflect the personality and interest of the child. Art therapy encourages emotional and mental development through creating art. The aim is to build life skills, address negative behaviors, and encourage healthy and positive self-expression. Children are encouraged to explore their thoughts and emotions and express themselves using a variety of different art materials.
Drama, Dance and Movement Therapy
Drama, dance and movement Therapy offers children and young people a channel to express themselves. Despite being non-verbal, they can use this form of therapy to safely tell their story.
The benefits of music therapy have been studied around the world. Music has the unique ability to offer a special way to connect. It crosses boundaries, empowers and celebrates a person’s individuality. In fact, some children with autism have a special affinity for music. It calms them down and gives them an easy way to express themselves. They may struggle with basic everyday tasks or social situations but can pick up an instrument and comfortably play it without hesitation.
For a child with NVLD, expressive therapies allow them to use art or music as their voice. They can use it to channel their frustrations and to express their feelings, thoughts, and emotions, making it a powerful communication tool.
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