Autism and Sound Therapy: Use Your Voice as a Calming Tool

 

I learned something so valuable from my friend and sound therapists Elizabeth Huxtable—a sound therapy tool that we now use as part of Autism: The Spiritual Approach to Intervention. And you have this tool with you all the time. At home. In the classroom. In the therapeutic setting. It’s your voice! At a moment’s notice You can use your voice as a calming tool. There’s a profound healing connection between autism and sound therapy. And you can be your own therapist!

Sound vs. Music Therapy

Music therapy is valuable and effective, too. What I like so much about sound therapy vs. music therapy as a calming tool is that you need no special equipment. And you can teach a child to use his own voice in the calming activities, too. Here’s how it works:

Practice with different the sounds your voice can make. Listen to sounds your child or a child in your care makes naturally. Then, when things get stressful, simply make those repetitive calming sounds with your voice. You can step away from a public place or a classroom or find a quiet space at home, and voice play. Experiment with sounds that you and the child both like and a variety of patterns. This is different than singing. Just simple, natural sounds work best. Check out the You Tube video for details.It really works. Try it right now. Close your eyes. Feel the vibration of your own voice. Feel where certain sounds vibrate differently in the chest, head, or tummy. It feels so good!

Timing Is Important

As educators, therapists and parents, we are well aware that when it comes to calming strategies and children, there is that point of no return. It is an important part of this voice calming strategy is to use it before it’s too late. As astute observers, we can easily gauge a child’s signs of upset as soon as they arise. We can also feel the beginnings of anxiety welling up in our own bodies. Don’t delay. Taking just 30-60 seconds for voice calming can prevent minutes if not hours of anxiety and tantrums. Let’s face it. When we are anxious or the child in our care is anxious, no learning or intervention will work, not matter our skill level. Calm has to come first! Sign up FREE for autism spirit tips just like this one if you’d like to know more. Try it. You’ll love how it feels. You’ll love how it works even more. Expect miracles.

 

 

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