I can't count how many times I've been asked by parents and other professionals about scientific evidence to prove the efficacy of music therapy interventions with children with autism. The study in the link below was conducted in comparison to other non-music based therapies, and the evidence was....significant!
I encourage you to click on the link below to learn more about how music therapy can help a child with autism. I have seen these effects everyday for the past ten years and am excited to finally be able to share with you the research that supports our daily work.
Here are just a few highlights of what the researcher found:
- Music Therapy produced longer events of joy and engagement of initiation
- Music Therapy develops social skills
- Music Therapy is effective in increasing attention, focus, behavioural cues and interests
- With Music Therapy, children were better able to express their emotions and share them with others.
- There is significant evidence that Music Therapy supports social, emotional and motivational development in children with autism.
I often say to parents, "once a child is motivated and is having fun, their self-esteem is elevated." A child with confidence can achieve more and will often work harder. This is fundamental to our strength-based music therapy programs. We begin with an improvisational program, building upon areas of strength to build confidence. We then massage this into the overall goals and objectives of the program. We have found this approach results in early successes and improved overall outcomes, just like this research indicates. So don't take it from me, read the research yourself!
Here's the link: