Connecting in Rhythm

Connecting in Rhythm (CIR)

The application of CIR for ASD theorizes that once the neo-cortex has received new information to help generate a better understanding of sensory information, a “correction” of coding mechanisms can evolve. MUSIC STIMULI = CONTINUOUS DISTURBANCE and allows the brain to then summon new and more appropriate responses and communicate more efficiently. CIR also provides an opportunity for the brain automatically to replace “unacceptable” social behaviors with new, expeditious ones. Once physiologic stressors are reduced, and the scattered system is better organized, cognitive and social learning can take place.

CIR music interventions engage the whole brain at both sub-cortical and neo-cortical levels and require minimal (if any) cognitive awareness. One need not “think” in order to receive and perceive the linked sounds of music. As a result, CIR has the opportunity to combine a great many physiologic theories and practices into its clinical realm with, necessarily, requiring initial thought processes. Music is, after all, intuitive. 

Amy Di Nino, Author

Amy Di Nino

Amy Di Nino has degrees and diplomas from University of Windsor, University of Toronto, and Humber College, and has just recently completed her Masters of Music Therapy at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She is the leading lady of ADD Music Wellness, a music psychotherapy clinical practice serving clients throughout Southern Ontario, and author of the music therapy curriculum, ‘Connecting in Rhythm’ (CIR). Previously, Amy provided music therapy at the world-renowned W. Ross Macdonald School for the Visually Impaired, Blind, & Deafblind, where she was the recipient of the 2012 Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Ontario. She is the conductor/artistic director of the Grand River Voices, an 80+ voice community choir based out of Kitchener, ON. Amy is the drummer of blues/R&B group Cootes Paradise, recently nominated for best new group in Canada at the 2018 Maple Blues Awards, and holds the position of Principal Percussionist with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. Amy is endorsed by Murat Dural cymbals and Headhunter percussion.

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