Perseverative, one-sided conversations

The on-going “stream-of-conscious” talking of some of my friends in group or individual music therapy reveals in dramatic fashion the manner in which these children/teens/adults process all the sights, sounds, smells, words, people, and experiences swirling around them. These perseverative, one-sided conversations can be disruptive or irritating, but, if we listen carefully, we can learn how our friends process (or fail to process) all the sensory and experiential input in their daily lives. The Autism Handbook #1 and Autism Handbook #2 from provide insights into the issue as well as practical guidelines and music therapy strategies for helping individuals focus and gradually learn to cope with complex input.