It’s no surprise that I grew up to be a music therapist really.
As a child, I often used to think to myself how very STRANGE it was that music kept me alive.
I had no idea what this even meant as a child, but I definitely had a real awareness that when I heard music with a rhythmic beat, I felt like I could stay alive. But when there was no music I couldn’t think clearly at all.
These days I know what that was all about 🥳.
The rhythm created a stimulus that regulated my motor cortex, helping me to regulate and focus.
The repetition created a sense of predictability which allowed my brain to relax and go about its normal functioning – hence the clarity I gained during or following music experiences.
The melody stimulated my limbic system to allow me to feel things – which was 100% more my natural language than it was to make cognitive sense of things.
When I felt things I could access my instincts – and that’s how I made decisions.
But perhaps the most wonderful thing about music was that it gave context to my stims.
Let it be known – my stims were silent, internal or done in secret. Squeezing muscle groups, clenching my fists and tapping my toes inside my shoes.
But they were all-day-long constant.
And when I heard music, I could stim in sync with something. It created a scaffold, a context.
In my child mind, it felt like music meant I was ‘allowed’ to stim. And I could breathe out.
So. Many. Layers. Here.
And there is so much POWER in experiencing music. In how it affects our brain.
Over the past few months, I’ve been feeling a real pull to talk more about music, to give you more of an insight, to demonstrate musical strategies.
To put my experience as a music therapist and as an autistic person who’s been using music therapeutically since my early childhood to better use.
Make it more of a focus.
So? Stay tuned! Because music as a tool for regulation is gonna BLOW your MIND! 🤙🏼🤙🏼🤙🏼🤙🏼