In Eurhythmics for Autism and Other Neurophysiologic Diagnoses, Dorita S. Berger reveals how Eurhythmics, a method of teaching the musical concepts of rhythm, structure and expression kinaesthetically through movement, can help develop sensorimotor skills in children and adults with autism and other special needs.
Covering both theory and practice, she explains this innovative, music-based approach and how it can also address cognitive and sensory issues in adults with debilitating conditions, such as dementia or post-traumatic stress disorder. With a particular emphasis on autism, she provides clear and adaptable session plans, suitable for working with children and adults of all ages.
Dorita S. Berger is a concert pianist, an educator and a Board Certified music therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience in sensorimotor music-based treatment for autism spectrum and neurophysiologic-related diagnoses in children and adults. She conducts workshops and lectures on the role of music in science and medicine and continues to provide consultations and music therapy services, in addition to researching the role of music in human adaptation. Dorita resides in Durham, North Carolina, USA and is the author of Music Therapy, Sensory Integration and the Autistic Child and co-author of The Music Effect: Music Physiology and Clinical Applications, both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Prelude. Part I. The Theory. 1. Coming to Our Senses. 2. This is Your Brain on Sensations! 3. Interpreting Autism and Sensory Characteristics. Part 2. The Practice. 4. What is This Thing Called Eurhythmics? 5. Eurhythmics in Music-Based Clinical Work. 6. Sensory Organization through Quick Response Movement. 7. Free To Be Me. 8. Observing with a Clinical Eye. Part 3. The Conclusion. 9. Reviewing the Paradigm, Treating Other Diagnoses. Coda: Conclusion. Appendix 1. Sample Tracking Log for Eurhythmics Interventions. Sample Brief Report of Clinical Work and Recommendations for XoXoXo. Appendix II. Understanding the Included Special Needs Child in Music Class. Appendix III. Music Soothes the Ravaged Brain. Bibliography. Index.