autism, movement, music therapy, music therapy for autism, neurologic music therapy, singing, special needs, Uncategorized

Summer Series III: Music therapy for two children with autism: BrainDance

For those of you who haven’t heard of BrainDance, I encourage you to check it out. BrainDance is a series of eight developmental movement patterns that healthy human beings naturally move through in the first year of life. Anne Green Gilbert, the developer of BrainDance, suggests that “cycling through these patterns at any age, daily or weekly while sitting or standing, has been found to be beneficial in reorganizing our central nervous system. Repeating these patterns over time may help us fill in any missing gaps in our neurological system due to birth trauma, illness, environment, head injury or not enough floor time as a baby.”

TymmeMusic Therapy Services of Portland had a child with autism who needed help getting up in the morning. I created this song and video to help from the moment she awakened. The video is power packed with Anne Green Gilbert’s concepts but put to music in a way that helps create predictability and structure. Give it a try with your child and do it alongside them. If they need assistance, I encourage you to help them out the first few times. Recruit the entire family, sing along as much as possible, and try this every morning for at least a week. You’ll have a structured group activity and fantastic modeling for your child.

Angie Kopshy

Angie Kopshy, MM, MT-BC

Music Therapy Services of Portland


Check out more videos created specifically for children with autism.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s