|For a lot of autistic people, music works really well when trying to calm themselves down.|
Sensory overload is something that can happen to anyone. It happens when there’s too much sensory stimulus going on at once, whether you’re in a room full of people, smelling strong aromas or even watching a TV with very high volume. Although anyone can experience sensory overload, it’s most common in people with certain diagnoses such as Autism.
Music can impact those with or without autism in an amazing way. Of course, sometimes music can also be a sensory overloader, but for people with autism can work amazingly.
A study from the Journal of Music Therapy in 2004 found that music used in therapy with children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder can improve aspects such as social behaviors, communication, focus and attention, and reduce anxiety.
|Many known songs might work to help autistic people calm down when having a meltdown.|
Here’s a list of songs that have helped autistic people during meltdowns
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.
“Bliss” by Muse.
“Hello” by Adele.
“Ride” by Twenty One Pilots.
“You Are My Sunshine” by Johnny Cash & June Carter.
“Ho Hey” by The Lumineers.
“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.
“Rolling in the deep” Adele.
“Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven.
“Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler.
“I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons.
“Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve.
“Count On Me” by Bruno Mars.
“(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of the Bay” by Otis Redding.
“Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley.
“Hallelujah” by Panic! At The Disco.
“Shut Up and Dance” by WALK THE MOON.
Meditation with music might work as well.
It’s important to recall that every mind and body is different. It’s a good idea to try these songs and see what works best, but remember that what might work for someone might not work for another.
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