Overcoming Autism with Music

From the Show: The Wizard of Eyes
Summary: Learn about the benefits of music for those with autism.
Air Date: 4/18/16
Duration: 10
Host: Robert Abel, Jr., MD
Guest Bio: Sevy Phalangas, Composer
Sevy PhalangasSevy Phalangas majored in music and minored in theater at the University of Pennsylvania. She studied with Pulitzer Prize winning composers, George Crumb and Richard Wernick. Highlights in her career include: receiving commissions to compose and perform original compositions for The Re-dedication of Ellis Island, and for Olympic Torch celebrations for Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, in Greece; receiving an Individual Artist Grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts to develop and record original compositions strongly influenced by Greek music; creating and implementing extensive educational programs that integrate music and cultural studies to the curriculum of public and private schools in the North Wilmington area; working extensively with children on the autism spectrum; celebrating music’s power to bring joy and understanding to people of all ages and with different abilities for over 20 years.
Overcoming Autism with Music
Individuals of all ages and all abilities can benefit from music therapy. 

Many additional studies have found that children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) respond well to music.

Often, individuals with autism respond positively to music when little else is able to get their attention, which makes music a potential therapeutic tool.

Sevy Phalangas, a performing artist, pianist and phenomenal music teacher, returns to discuss her insights in teaching autistic children how to succeed in music comprehension and skills.