Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. (AMTA Definition)
Music therapy may aidindividuals with autism by helping them to maintain attention to task, increasing communication (both verbally and nonverbally), and identify and express emotions. A board certified music therapist will design a program specifically for the individual, emphasizing strengths which will be used to improve areas of need.
The Autism Society of America (ASA)
The mission of the Autism Society of America is to promote lifelong access and opportunities for persons within the autism spectrum (and their families) to be fully-included, participating members of their communities through advocacy, public awareness, education, and research related to autism.
The Autism Research Institute (ARI)
The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is a non-profit organization, established in 1967, which conducts and facilitates research on the cause and treatment of autism. ARI provides information to parents and professionals worldwide, on request. Dr. Bernard Rimland of ARI did the first pioneering work on the use of dietary supplements and autism in the 60's.
An organization of parents, physicians, and researchers, dedicated to promoting and funding research with direct clinical implications for treatment and a cure for autism.
TALK is a registered 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the development of clinical and educational programs serving individuals with language-based needs.
International Pre-Autistic Network
For the advancement and detection of infants at risk.
Music therapy may help individuals with Alzheimer's Disease with memory recall, pain management, stress reduction, and positive change in mood. A board certified music therapist can design a program for an individual, a family, and/or a nursing home for a group of patients. Alzheimers.org
Listening therapies are therapeutic programs used to improve the integration of sensory input by using specific sound frequencies and patterns to stimulate the brain.
EASe CD (Electronic Audio Stimulation effect)
Vision Audio Inc. provides the Electronic Auditory Stimulation effect (EASe) Compact Disc to ease the pain of hyperacusis and auditory hypersenstivity in Autism, PDD, ADD, ADHD, and Downs Syndrome. It provides a low cost alternative to auditory integration therapy or training!
The Georgiana Institute
The Georgiana Institute first introduced AIT to the United States in 1992. Auditory Integration Training (AIT), an intervention developed in France by Dr. Guy Berard, addresses the hearing distortions, hyperacute hearing and sensory processing anomalies which cause discomfort and confusion in learning disabled and developmentally delayed children.
The Family Center on Technology and Disability
The Family Center is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. We offer a range of information and services on the subject of assistive technologies.
Partners in Making Your Case
A self-study course designed to help people with developmental disabilities and their families create positive change through advocacy.
A national site providing assistance for individuals and families with special needs who were affected by Hurricane Katrina.
The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.