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I have been through many obstacles throughout my life. My life has been a bit more challenging than others due to my disability. When I was 2 years old, I was diagnosed with autism. I had problems communicating with others because first I was mute and then I would stay on one topic and not change conversations. Another problem I had was with pacing back and forth and flapping my arms when I thought of something. The district of Jefferson wanted to put me in special education but my parents fought the district and took them to court. My parents settled and I have never been in special education. I learned to read when I was 3 due to intense therapy and have always been an intelligent and energetic young person.However, I was not always adept socially. So my parents had me take ABA or Applied Behavior Analysis therapy programs. This taught me life skills from eye contact in conversations to holding doors open. It has really helped me socially and as a young man. I have also grown more socially than neurotypicals my age. This may explain why I have numerous friends who are neurotypical and participate on track, cross country and basketball teams who all consist of neurotypical players. My hopes and dreams are to be a criminal defense lawyer or to be a commentator for a sport on a major station or be a commentator for a sports team, particularly football
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Autism Light #436 is Belmont University Music Therapy Program.
Belmont University is located in Nashville and is the largest Christian university in Tennessee. Belmont was founded in 1890 and in 2015 had over 7,000 students. Belmont began their Music Therapy program in 2014. Belmont University’s Music Therapy Program is an Autism Light for the way in which it’s training will equip students to make a difference for autism through music therapy.
Belmont University’s Music Therapy Program has about 70 students and is the first four-year undergraduate program in Tennessee for music therapy. The academic program equips students to utilize music with a person’s healing and recovery (Tennessean, Belmont Launches Choir for Children with Autism, December 16, 2015). Music therapy is used often with people with autism.
The following is a video on Belmont University’s Music Therapy Program.
Community Choir for Children with Autism: Belmont is partnering with the Rising Star Music Fund to create a free Community Choir for children with autism in 2016. Registration for this new choir will be held on January 10, 2016 at 2:30pm at the Massey Performing Arts Center room 12 on the campus of Belmont University. They are planning the first concert for April 17, 2016 (Tennessean, Belmont Launches Choir for Children with Autism, December 16, 2015).
Belmont’s music therapy program is launching a free community choir next semester for children with autism. https://t.co/SSZvaCisgG
— Belmont University (@BelmontUniv) December 17, 2015
Prospective Students: If you are interested in the Music Therapy program at Belmont University visit their Undergraduate Music Therapy Program web page.
Special thanks to the Belmont University Music Therapy Program for helping to create a choir for children with autism. We are confident that this opportunity will enrich the lives of many children with autism in the Nashville area. Belmont University is to be commended for making it a priority to develop a curriculum in music therapy that will shine a light or autism as the graduates take their knowledge around the world.
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