More and more parents and teachers of special needs children are starting to realise the remarkable connection between
music and autism. Research has shown that when autistic children interact with music on a regular basis,
their behaviour and communication can improve.
Rhythm Time, Music Franchise Group has recently been approached by ‘The Whole Autism Family’ charity based in Dewsbury. The charity was set up by local parents in 2014 to provide help, support and guidance to families who are affected by autism. As a mother of five boys, two of whom have autism, the charity Founder and Chair, Anne Marie started to explore the possibility of providing music classes as she realised how music was something that her children had responded well too and enjoyed.
Anne Marie approached Rhythm Time at the end of last year and since then Lauren Lightfoot, Franchisee for Rhythm Time wakefield south Leeds, Gomersal and Mirfield has been providing structured music sessions that has helped many children with autism to date. Rhythm Time provides structured, fun and developmental music classes. The children who attend Lauren’s classes love the sensory elements to the sessions, the flashing lights, disco balls, bubbles and sensory blankets. The children all have their own individual needs and agendas but they all seem to have one thing in common, a love of music, Ratatat and Rhythm Time.
The Whole Autism Family has recently applied for more funding and plans are now being finalised for Rhythm Time music sessions to be rolled out on a permanent basis. Kathy Doolan, Founder and MD of Rhythm said, “I’m delighted that Rhythm Time is able to help and support children and families with additional needs. Music connects us all and is a therapeutic tool. Our sessions will promote wellness by managing stress, enhancing memory, improving communication and body awareness. Children often respond positively to music when little else is able to get their attention.”
Muz Ali, a parent who attends the music classes says, “I’ve been attending the Rhythm Time Music sessions with my son aged 8 for the last few months. The sessions have provided a great place to meet other parents and autistic children in a non-judgemental environment. Lauren is fantastic, she engages with the children and is flexible with her music sessions depending on the needs of the children. There is something for all the children to enjoy and I always come away feeling a little lighter and happier.”
To find out more about the support and work that is provided by the ‘The Whole Autism Family’ charity, please visit their website on www.thewholeautismfamily.co.uk
For further information on Rhythm Time music classes for Children with Special needs please visit www.rhythmtime.net/pr to find your nearest class and contact details for your local class teacher.
Posted: 1st Apr 2018