Music has a therapeutical effect on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, said Ricky Kej, a renowned musician, and 2015 Grammy award winner.
While addressing an event on autism in India, Kej expressed that through music, he wants to help children who are suffering from autism. Music therapy is an alternative to traditional means of intervention. A soulful music draws everyone’s attention, including those who are suffering from the neurological disorder. In fact, autistic individuals are better at detecting subtle changes in musical notes.
Through this form of therapy, individuals with autism receive targeted therapy while listening to music. Unlike other therapies, which can be exhausting for a person with autism, music therapy has recreational quality.
Kej, who is a US citizen with Indian origin, talked about autism in India during the event. Approximately one in every hundred in India is suffering from some form of autism spectrum disorder, he said. He also mentioned that autism is not listed in People with Disability Act, which lists conditions that could be seen as a disability in a person.
Kej requested people to create more awareness on autism. He also talked about the need to educate people with autism and also their family and friends about the condition. There are many people who are not aware of the latest technologies and studies that are opening up new opportunities for people with autism, he concluded.
Kej won a Grammy in the category of Best New Age Album for ‘Winds of Samsara’. He created the album in collaboration with South African flutist Wouter Kellerman.