After a 2 week hiatus, the Round Up returns! If you're new around these parts, our weekly Round Up collects some of our favorite stories on music, health, autism, music therapy, and more and puts them all in one place for your reading pleasure! Plus, we like to include a fun video every now and then just to make your Monday morning a bit more interesting. It's a great way to start your week and get some stories to bookmark and read while you sit in the car waiting for soccer practice to end. Let's get to it!
Here's a story that made a lot of rounds on Facebook in the music therapy community. This is an excellent write-up on a music therapist in the Pittsburgh area and does a great job describing our field, where we work, and the benefits. Definitely worth a read!
As previously mentioned on this blog, the latest edition of the diagnostic manuel used in psychology and behavioral health, the DSM-5, has been released. Much of the controversy surrounding this publication stems from new diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders. This op-ed article from Forbes discusses some of the limitations of this new criteria in real-world applications for parents. In particular, it creates a category for children who might not fit neatly into the autism diagnostic criteria that isn't yet recognized by entities that parents care about: the education system and insurance companies. As a result, children in this category may not receive services or have any way to pay for them.
Please note, this article is an op-ed, and contains some strong opinions. It's presented here merely for informational and discussion purposes.
Good news for those of us who spend lots of time in our cars (ahem, anyone in Atlanta...)! A new study finds that listening to music (unlike talking on the cellphone) while driving doesn't significantly impact our driving performance. This is likely because listening to music in the car is generally a passive activity (something in the background that doesn't require large amounts of our brain power and attention).
Please note singing and drumming along to Mariah Carey in the car WILL earn stares and snickers from other drivers around you, however.
Finally, Atlanta music lovers, the line up for the popular Music Midtown concert festival has been announced. There's quite a diverse line up this year, guaranteed to appease to most musical palettes. What do you think, worth the price of admission?
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