Local Therapist Uses Music to Reach Autistic Patients

April is Autism Awareness Month. An Occupational Therapist in Town and Country is using music to reach autistic children.

"It's called Integrated Listening System and it's music that goes through these special headphones that have a transducer that by vibration it sends impulses to the brain and they listen to music," explained Marla Shyken, Play2Learn/Mid-America Therapy Services.

Shyken says Play2Learn is the only place in St. Louis using this cutting edge technology.

"I brought it in because I'm seeing such quick great results with these kids," said Shyken.

7-year-old Andrew Harkey has been working with therapists since he was three, but his mom says she saw progress once her son started using ILS.

"We came here because he had some sensory issues and also had some focus issues and some general upper body gross and fine motor needs," said Melanie Harkey, mother.

"I would say the past couple months we've really seen progress he's stronger we're seeing more coordination," explained Harkey.

Play2Learn/Mid-America Therapy Services offers all types of enrichment classes. Visit www.mid-americatherapy.com or call 314-434-5410 for more information.


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