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Music Workshops

What music workshops can do?

According to Daniel Levitin (2005), the experience of listening to music begins inside the mother's womb by the fetus surrounded by amniotic fluid, hears sounds. For centuries, music has been used to heal illnesses of the mind by utilizing song and music, in Egyptian temples. Music can affect the emotions and shape the character of an individual. Music was found to be efficient since the time of the bible, when David played the harp to remove King Saul of a bad spirit. It is prevalent in the United States that Native American medicine men often used chants and dances as a method of healing patients. Researchers have shown that music workshops can assist children in improving with issues pertaining to motivation, communication, attention, and behavioral problems. Musical workshops have also been found to be a highly effective method for children with autism. Music workshop, in relation to the autism’s sensory interpretation, creates repetitive stimuli that focus on teaching the brain other means to respond that might be more useful as they grow older. Hence, musical workshops can improve self-expression, stabilize moods, identify a range of emotions, and increase frustration tolerance.

How EFEC offers music workshops for children

The auditor sensory system is responsible for interpreting sounds and images. Therefore, EFEC may conduct music workshops for children as a hands-on-experience, either in a one-on-one session or a group session. Typically, when EFEC's therapist first meets with a child, it is vital to evaluate the child's level of functioning in all developmental domains. Thereafter, we create specific goals and objectives to customize and meet the client's needs during of their sessions. During the session, the therapist typically plays either a piano or a guitar, to facilitate a range of musical styles to accommodate the client's needs. The child is often motivated to play an instrument adapted to his or her individual needs and abilities.

Recommendations for music therapy

Health care professionals such as psychologists, physicians’ physical therapists, and occupational therapists may make referrals to music therapy. Clients may use their own discretion to pursue music workshops' services without a referral. Music education programs engage adolescents to self-expression and an opportunity to learn patience, diligence and self-discipline. The music workshops model EFEC uses focus on the theoretical background such as humanistic approaches. EFEC’s goal for music workshops is to improve the quality and vale of life of person and building self-worth, self-esteem, a sense and confidence.

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Art workshops

The history of art workshops

In 1942, the British artist Adrian Hill coined the term ‘art workshop’ rehabilitating from his illness, discovered the therapeutic benefits of drawing. He stipulates that the worth of art workshops lay in entirely the mind and the fingers, which release the creative energy of the frequently inhibited patient, which allowed the patient to build up a strong defense against his misfortunes. In fact, in the mid-20th century, art therapists account of their work in early childhood, rehabilitation, psychoanalysis and many other ways.

Why art workshop is important to all age group?

The Art workshop is designed for all ages, with a focus on the art-making in the form of visual art, including drawing and painting; as therapeutic involving humanism, creativity, self-awareness, reconciling emotional conflicts and personal growth. The individual has a chance to explore a symbolic way of communicating through the art. The art workshops' session may range from cognitive, behavior, person-centered or narrative. Studies have shown that individuals have used art workshops is effective in the case of neurological conditions. EFEC does not recommend using art workshops in lieu of psychotherapy; rather it is a tool mainly focusing on positive self-image and self-expression. No previous knowledge in the art is required.

How is art workshop provided?

EFEC may provide the art workshops for individuals or groups, depending on clients’ needs. It is a hands-on approach that an individual may acquire art techniques and experience personal growth; it is not structured as a lesson, rather an enjoyable session of engaging in positive self-expression activities. Congdon (1990) proposes art workshop’s benefits as a tool to assist individuals solve problems in day to day living.

What is the benefit of producing the art work?

EFEC has no ownership of anyone's artwork. Some art therapists have experienced using art as a form of symbolic speech that may lead to an increase in verbalization in the session. We encourage the individual to make good use of the artwork produced. Most importantly, the art session will give the person a chance to increase awareness of self and others, develop interpersonal skills, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and achieve insight, and for others, it may be the life-affirming pleasures of making art.

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What is Autism?

Autism is a disorder of neural development associated by communication, impaired social interaction, and restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior, which, usually develop gradually. However, some autistic children first develop more normally and then regress. Autistic children may acquire cognitive skills, adaptive living skills, social skills, and communication skills with interventions. The diagnostic measurement requires that symptoms become obvious prior to a child reaching three years old. Autism may be affects' data processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses join and organize.

What are some characteristics of autism in children?

Social: Individuals with autism have social impairments and often lack the intuition. Autistic infants show lack attention to social stimuli, respond to a smaller extent to their own name, smile and look at others less. Autistic toddlers make less eye contact; lack turned taking skills and have difficulty with imaginative play. In many forms, autistic individuals may demonstrate repetitive or restricted behavior.

Communication:People with autism may delay in communication skills. It is apparent to the first year of life, and may include delayed onset of unusual gestures, babbling, diminished responsiveness, and vocal forms that are not synchronized with the caregiver. By the third year, autistic children have less diverse and fewer frequent words, babbling, consonants, and word combinations. Some autistic children may not share their experiences or make requests, rather repeat words of others in the form of echolalia. In some cases, autistic children may have difficulty developing symbols into language.

Other symptoms: Many individuals with autism may exhibit superior skills in perception and memorization. They may also show some sensory abnormalities or deficiency in motor coordination.

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