Music Therapy – ASD Kidz Rock

Music Therapy for children with autism aims to improve their social & communication skills. It uses music & the interactions between teachers & children to teach specific skills. Music therapy can give children who can’t easily communicate a way of communicating & interacting. Instead of using words to communicate they can instead use a range of musical activities such as singing, playing instruments & listening to music. These activities are intended to promote communication & social skills like making eye contact & turn taking.

In Dóchas we have a fantastic music room equipped with many musical instruments for the children to play & interact with.

Art Therapy

Art therapy promotes mental and emotional growth through art making. Unlike art instruction, art therapy is conducted with the aim of building life skills, addressing deficits and problem behaviours, and promoting healthy self-expression. Participants are encouraged to explore and express themselves using art materials; crafting attractive artwork is not the goal (though it may be a happy by-product).

Why is Art Therapy beneficial to children with autism?

  • Offers a visual communication
  • Easy way to help resolve conflicts they cannot verbally express
  • Reduces Stress
  • Helps with imaging and thinking symbolically
  • Improves the ability to recognize (and respond) to facial expressions
  • Helps with Self-Esteem and Self-Awareness
  • Can be used to help with Sensory Processing Issues
  • Improves fine motor skills

School Visits

We are also here to facilitate schools with school outings where groups can come and use the facilities within our centre during term time. If your school is interested in booking a visit, please email [email protected] or call 061-405 923 for any questions you may have on the process.

Play Therapy

Coming soon … 

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Dóchas Midwest Autism Support was established by parents in 1997 in response to the need for an organisation to represent the needs of people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Mid-West region. The charity supports children, young adults and their families.

14 Parnell Street, Limerick