Music Therapy as an Intervention on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

This issue of NASET’s Autism Spectrum Disorder series was written by Shante Humphrey. Music therapy is an alternative method used for children with autism spectrum disorder. This review was analyzed to establish the efficacy of music therapy on children with autism. Research shows that music therapy has positive effects and is a processing strength in the treatment of children with autism. (Music and autism research)  Several studies have been conducted, which found that music can improve social interactions, communication skills, and also help bring about and increase confidence levels. It can also help control stress and anxiety, along with troubled behaviors. These are specific to children suffering from this disorder. Music is an outlet into the world of autism. It can be used to channel intense emotions, energy, and focus and connect to the world. (Levy, 2018)  The main objective of this review is to reveal the effectiveness of music therapy on children with ASD. Articles were gathered and studies were conducted to determine which forms of music therapy were suited best for children with autism. Each child was assessed to determine their level of functioning while engaging in sound. After reviewing the literature and studies on this subject, it was discovered that music therapy is a competent and feasible method for children with autism.

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