“Is autism a stressdisorder?”Morgan perused extensive literature indicating that excessive stress and anxiety alters brain activity in ways that promote hyper-vigilance and abnormal behaviors, exaggerated fearfulness, and other characteristics observed in ASD. She concludes by insisting that “it behooves us ...to increase efforts to understand the overlap between autism and ...stress ...and to reduce this stress as muchas possible.”
The literature indicates that perhaps the time has come for codified and dose-response approach to music therapy interventions specific for addressing
physiologic and behavioral issues of anxiety, fear and fight- flight arousals, modulation deficits, and sensory deficits contributing to the behaviors of ASD, treatment aimed at regulating the system.
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