My son was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism (commonly known as Asperger’s) in September 2014. While I suspected something was different about him for some time, an official diagnosis sent me into a tailspin. As his mother, I wanted to be proactive and give him as much support as possible. But, with that drive came immense feelings of isolation, fear, and of being overwhelmed.
After three years of navigating therapies, healthcare costs, and local resources, my son is now on a great and successful path. He’s thriving, happy, stealing hearts, and taking names. As he’s grown, I’ve discovered incredible and unique gifts that make him an amazing, loving, and very bright little kid.
A significant characteristic in my son is his love of music. So, when a new music therapist, Kristen Arbogast of Altitude Music Therapy Services, came to town and hosted a seminar on music therapy and autism, I was there in the front row, notebook in hand. What I learned from Ms. Arbogast was how music can connect with children and adults with a host of learning differences, creating positive effects like improved social behaviors, increased focus and attention, and improved body awareness and coordination.
Ms. Arbogast runs Altitude Music Therapy Services out of Salida, CO. Please check it out!
I was so inspired by Ms. Arbogast’s lesson that I immediately dove deeper into researching the topic. The result was an article titled, “Music Therapy Can Create Amazing Results for People with Autism,” recently published in Autism Parenting Magazine.
Autism Parenting Magazine covers a subject near and dear to me, one that’s filled my life since my eight-year-old son was a toddler. Thank you for supporting me and all other parents raising unique and incredible children, Autism Parenting Magazine!