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The field of music therapy began 50 years ago.  Music therapy is "The scientific application of music to make changes that are non-musical - physical, emotional, cognitive." 
                               -Angele Neve, MT-BC, NMT The Music Therapy Center of California.  

Music is something that every brain can understand.  Music stimulates the entire brain.  For detailed information about how the brain responds to music, see these neurological music therapy informational videos by Nicole Jacobs on YouTube.
You will find many, many videos on this subject on YouTube. The two examples here were chosen because they are very informative on the entire subject of Neurological Music Therapy. 

Based on this science, it makes sense to incorporate music, songs and rhythms whenever you can.  You can create songs for different activities to help your child - actually people of any age - memorize the steps in a routine - even your address and phone number.

Bathing
Setting the Table
Crossing the street
Transitions
Cleaning up

The Music Center of California and Notabilities has created an award winning social skills DVD called Kibbles Rockin Clubhouse
which uses music therapy strategies for teaching such things as saying, "Hello"; Calming down; and feelings.
Power of Art: Can music help treat children with attention disorders?
By Jane O'Brien,  BBC News, Washington
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