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Month: August 2011

4 Positive Effects of Music Therapy for Children with Autism

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Some types of music believed to be beneficial to address the health problems, including autism.

One of the advantages of music therapy is that there is no need for verbal communication.

In addition, music therapy also serves as a natural reinforcement.

Here’s how the music therapy in helping people with autism.

  1. Learning Expressing Yourself

Children with autism are not interested in being involved in social activities like a normal person. Therefore, the use of music as therapy can work well.

When autistic children have therapy sessions with a variety of music, they will get a chance to learn to express themselves.

Although it is not known how it works exactly, but music therapy is promising.

For example, music can be combined with a ball toss game.

While doing throwing a ball game, the therapist asks the child to catch or throw the ball as a response to the music that is being played.

  1. Maintain and Focus Attention

Another goal of music therapy is to help children with autism maintaining and focusing attention.

The therapist can play a chord between the tone, note, or a particular musical pitch and see the effect on the child.

One example is to play the instrument near the child’s face.

In addition to helping improve attention span, music can also encourage eye contact with the child who is one of the important goals of treatment.

Music therapy is a combination of sensation auditory, visual, and touch. It is these factors that help stimulate the sensory organs of a child with autism.

  1. Improving Speech

Language is one important area that is problematic in the development of children with autism. Music therapy helps children improve speech mainly involving conceptualization, symbolization, and comprehension.

 

According to experts, the music is processed in both hemispheres. Therefore, music therapy can help autistic children improve cognitive function and their language skills. While following the activities of singing or dancing, children with autism are believed to begin communicating even if it is done only through song.

This makes the music therapist aware of the fact that autistic child is easier and faster to welcome the sound of music rather than verbal command or physical approach.

By conducting vocal music, speech therapists can enhance the ability of children with autism.

The therapist can write songs with simple words or phrases repeatedly to sharpen language skills of children. When the music lessons are presented with visual and tactile cues, the result could be more promising.

  1. Build Non-verbal and Not Threatening Relationships

Children with autism typically not responsive to the feelings of others, avoid physical contact such as hugging, and ignoring the social approach.

Music therapy gives children the opportunity to build relationships that do not threaten the non-verbal through musical instruments. This may be because of the sound, the look and shape of the instrument helps children make the initial contact.

With the instrument as an intermediary, the therapist can gradually get into the “world” of children with autism.

After successfully establishing trustworthy relationship with the child, the therapist can apply various techniques of music to pull the child out of his world that ignores social contact.

However, the researchers also said there is a possibility of music therapy lead to undesirable results. In some cases, it was found that music aggravates behavior “withdraw” and “self-isolation” in children with autism.

If not done carefully, controlled and structured, music therapy can actually encourage autistic children to go deeper into their world.

Experts agree that the benefits of music therapy for autism involve a long and difficult process, so that both parents and therapists sometimes feel hopeless.

14 Interesting Facts & Information on Junk Food

Awareness about the harmful effects of junk food increases as more people realize the importance of a healthy diet intake. This article is going to peel the facts and information about the junk food so that can we understand it better.

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What’s Junk Food?

Foods that contain little nutritional value and has a high content of hazardous materials commonly referred to as junk food. The term ‘junk food’ coined by Michael Jacobson in 1972.

Fast food (fast food) is considered as junk food because it has harmful effects on health. You will be surprised to know the amount of sugar and other harmful ingredients that are consumed by junk food.

Excessive sugar and the accompanying obesity is just one of the negative aspects of the consumption of junk food.

Facts about Junk Food

Here are the facts and information about the junk food:

  1. Junk food is known to have high sugar content. A can of cola drinks contain up to 10 teaspoons of sugar. That’s because, people who are trying to lose weight should think twice before sipping cola. Other foods that contain high amounts of sugar are including chocolates, cakes, biscuits, etc.
  1. Junk food tends to contain minerals and vitamins in low quantities, while laden with calories.
  2. The content of oxycholesterol too high in junk food. Oxycholesterol is one type of high cholesterol intake can increase the chances of heart attacks.
  3. Sugar is not used by the body will be converted into fat. This fact makes people who consume junk food regularly at risk of overweight.
  4. Number of flavorings and artificial sweeteners that are used in junk food are being sold to children doubled in comparison to the food for adults. This can cause harmful effects on children.
  5. Dyes and flavorings are present in junk food responsible for causing rashes, asthma and other problems such as hyperactivity.
  6. In the United States, approximately 12.5 million children are overweight. Consumption of junk food is one of the main causes behind this case.
  7. A variety of foods such as chips, cookies, candies, muffins, fried foods, etc., contain high amounts of hydrogenated oils and fats.

Trans-fats or hydrogenated oils do not have any function in the body and can even have negative consequences for health.

  1. The amount of excess salt is present in junk food like chips and pretzels cause increased percentage of sodium in the body. High amount of sodium in the body will cause an increase in blood pressure.
  2. The profit margin which is obtained by soft drink companies is estimated at 97%. Thus, it may be for them to do the advertising in a massive and massively.
  3. Consumption of junk responsible for health problems such as tooth decay, various types of cancer and many other diseases, apart from cardiovascular disease, obesity and high blood pressure.
  4. Fat is present in junk food causes the brain to demand more food. This effect can occur in the brain in the long term.
  5. Aggressive marketing of junk food products is the main reason many people turn to these products as well as consume it regularly.
  6. Excessive sugar contained in junk foods causes insulin levels remain high, thereby triggering metabolic problems.