Musical Therapy for Autism Washington DC

Musical therapy for autism helps autistic patients with social skills, language comprehension and more. See below for local music therapists in Washington that give access to therapy which has effects such as non-communicative speech reduction and echolalia reduction as well as advice and content on art therapy for autism and how to find music therapists for autism.

Hyattsville Speech & Language Center
(301) 322-4995
4331 Gallatin Street, Suite 203
Hyattsville, MD
Support Services
Early Intervention, Marriage & Family Counseling, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade

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Stepping Stones Therapy, LLC
(301) 652-7800
4300 Montgomery Avenue
Bethesda, MD
Support Services
Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Speech Therapy, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade

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Bethesda Speech for Kids, Mandy hart
(301) 530-6021
Bethesda, MD
Support Services
Early Intervention, Floortime, Play Therapy, Publications, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Support / Tutoring, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Next Step Pediatric Physical Therapy Center
(301) 984-7020
3204 Tower Oaks Blvd
Rockville, MD
Support Services
Early Intervention, Occupational Therapy, Other, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Research, Sensory Integration, Therapy Providers, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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In Step, PC
(703) 876-8480
8320 Professional Hill Drive
Vienna, VA
Support Services
Play Therapy, Social Skills Training
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Childrens Innovative Therapy Group, LLC
(301) 652-2220
4833 Rugby Avenue, Suite 101
Bethesda, MD
Support Services
Auditory Integration Therapy, Camps, FastForword, Floortime, Lindamood Bell, Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Supplies, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Sports, Training/Seminars
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,Kindergarten,Preschool

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The S.P.A.R.K.S. Group LLC
(202) 215-9252
Greenbelt, MD
Support Services
ABA, Ideas For Finding Therapists, ABA, Therapy Services, Behavorial Intervention, Camps, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Speech Therapy, Sports, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Renoxx Caregivers, Inc.
(301) 850-1148
Bowie, MD
Support Services
ABA, Therapy Services, Aquatic Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Play Therapy, Respite, Speech Therapy, Verbal Behavior
Ages Supported
1-5 Grade,11-12 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,Adult,Kindergarten,Preschool

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Jacqueline Yip
(267) 496-2221
13220 Ewood Lane
Silver Spring, MD
Support Services
Early Intervention, Play Therapy, Private School (Autism Only), Respite
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade

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Expressive Therapy Center of Montgomery County
(301) 869-1017 ext. 1
14808 Physicians Lane
Rockville, MD
Support Services
Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Social Skills Training, Therapy Providers
Ages Supported
Preschool,Kindergarten,1-5 Grade,6-8 Grade,9-10 Grade,11-12 Grade,Adult

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Living with autism: two programs, one heart

Elaine Hall

Two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of experiencing first hand each other's nonprofit organizations. As the L.A.-based The Miracle Project expanded to New York and the N.Y.-based Music for Autism expanded to L.A., we were immediately struck by the shared motivations and core values of our programs.

Music for Autism aims to improve quality of life for those with autism and their families by organizing fully subsidized, interactive concerts with extraordinary professional musicians. As long as no one or no instrument gets hurt, all reactions to the live music are welcome by concert participants with autism who are guided by exceptional volunteers to conduct the musicians and play along with percussion instruments to the live music they experience. Similarly creating a world that does not judge, The Miracle Project is an acting, music and art program for children with special needs that taps into the sometimes hidden talents and potential of those in this community and culminates in live performances of original works by its participants, their typically developing siblings and committed volunteers. Shy children come out of their shells; overzealous children become part of a group. Through shared experiences a dynamic, creative community is built.

Both programs use the arts as a vehicle to allow those with special needs to express themselves freely -- in an environment where no one will be embarrassed by unpredictable behaviors and responses to external stimuli that make life in public spaces so challenging for families with a special needs child. As the mother of six-year-old Connor, Kathleen Kitts, put it, following Music for Autism's West Coast debut performance in collaboration with The Help Group, "I was astounded and thrilled at how the children were moved by the music and how I was moved by the spirit of acceptance. As a parent of a child with autism, I am used to being on guard for behaviors which require me to remove Connor from situations. At the Music for Autism concert, I didn't have to do this... Connor was allowed, encouraged even to express himself, and I was able to relax at a public event for the first time in five years." Through The Miracle Project and Music for Autism, we aim to create a capsule of love that we wish all of society would emulate for all those marginalized like the populations we serve.

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