It is common for parents raising children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) to find it challenging to connect and bond with their children. If you experience these difficulties, music can be an important means to deepen the bond with your kids.

Many children with ASD enjoy playing simple percussive instruments, such as maracas, rhythm sticks, tambourines and drums. Get a collection of good, quality instruments to use during your musical experiences. Having two of each instrument is helpful, so you can model how to play them. Also try teaming up to play an instrument. Hold the drum while your child strikes it with a stick, or tap your rhythm sticks with your child’s rhythm sticks to create a “Patty Cake” game.

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