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“… Music is what we turn to when we don’t have the words to express what we feel. It’s what we crave when we’re celebrating, when we’re grieving, when we’re falling in love. Music is what makes horror movies suspenseful and what makes us tear up at weddings. It connects us to other people. The question is why? And how might knowing more about music and the brain help people struggling with autism?” – Eileen Reynolds

In this recent New York University article, Eileen Reynolds explores the theory and practice behind The Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at NYU and examines the ways in which music therapy can serve as a viable therapeutic modality for those on the Autism Spectrum. Reynolds traces the history of the Center through its founders – musician, Paul Nordoff and educator, Clive Robbins – and their development of an improvisational approach to music therapy that cultivates self-awareness, discipline, self-expression and concentration in children with autism.

Featured within the article is fellow Rule Breaking participant, Ethan Jones. Ethan has been a client at the Nordoff-Robbins Center since he was a young boy and recently has taken on a position working with the center, filming and cataloging sessions. Music has been and remains a very important element in Ethan’s life. In his new position at The Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy, Ethan’s relationship with music continues to grow through his work with others.

“For the center, working with Jones means putting ideas about diversity and acceptance into very real practice—doesn’t it only make sense that a facility with a majority-autistic client base should have a neurodiverse workforce? And for Jones, it’s a chance both to lend a hand in a setting close to his heart and to see a familiar place from a new perspective.” – Eileen Reynolds

To read the complete article, click here.