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- American Music Therapy Association, Inc. - This article presents a Q & A format of music therapy as an intervention method for individuals on the autism spectrum. The article explains how individuals with ASD often experience heightened interest in response to music. The article lists how music therapy makes a difference for individuals with ASD and lists what one can expect from a music therapist, details what music therapists do, and offers several ways music therapy can help the families of individuals with ASD.
- Commentary on “Why Does Music Therapy Help in Autism?” - This interesting article is a commentary on a review of an article about why music therapy helps individuals on the autism spectrum. Essentially, this article is an extended review of the current research done on the subject. The subheadings of this article are as follows: “ASD and General Emotion Perception”, “Music Therapy and ASD”, and “ASD and Auditory Perception”. Here is a link to the article that inspired this commentary: "Why does Music Therapy Help in Autism?"
- Effectiveness of Music Therapy Interventions on Joint Attention in Children Diagnosed with Autism: A Pilot Study - This document contains a condensed version of a study to examine the effects of music therapy on the development of joint attention behaviors. Joint attention is the ability to selectively attend to an object of mutual interest. The study of 14 functionally non-verbal males concluded that children with severe autism could benefit from individual music therapy.
- EFFECTS OF MUSIC THERAPY ON CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES - This 2004 document contains a report on the effects of music therapy on children with autism spectrum disorder. The article focuses on the background of music and children with disabilities, the aims of music therapy, the main contributions to the cognitive and bio-psychosocial development of children with disabilities, implications for learning, and the implications of using music in an inclusive classroom setting.
- Music Therapy Engages Children with Autism in Outdoor Play - This article is known as a Snapshot, which is a summary of a research article by researchers at the FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. This summary is from a research article about the use of music therapy to promote outdoor play in preschoolers who have ASD. The research focused on 4 boys with autism spectrum disorder as the researchers observed how instructional music therapy influenced their play.
- Music Therapy in the Assessment and Treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorder - Clinical Application and Research Evidence - This article researches the effects and goals of music therapy as an intervention for individuals on the autism spectrum. The article argues music therapy can identify the child’s weakness, as well as their strengths. The article goes on to analyze the current research about music therapy treatment and ASD.
- Music Therapy Research - The material focuses on music therapy and how it can benefit those with autism spectrum disorders. The related service of music therapy works to improve behavior, decrease agitation, and improve verbal skills, amongst other things. The text includes research conclusion from a number of studies.
- MUSIC THERAPY RESEARCH PROJECT - This 2009 article presents a summary of the effects of music therapy on individuals on the autism spectrum. The article focuses on music therapy’s effects on joint attention, expressive and receptive language, and emotion in young individuals with ASD. The article details the findings of the research project, and describes ways to make superior research projects in the future.
- Randomized controlled trial of improvisational music therapy’s effectiveness for children with autism spectrum disorders (TIME-A): study protocol - This study aims to determine the effects of improvisational music therapy on the social communication skills of children on the autism spectrum. The study looked to evaluate the following four objectives: 1) to determine whether music therapy is superior to standard care in improving social communication skills, 2) to determine whether music therapy is superior to standard care in improving social responsiveness as assessed by the parents/guardians, 3) to determine whether the response varies with the variation of treatment intensity, and 4) to determine how the development of social communicative skills proceeds until a follow-up 12 months after the start of the treatment.
- The Effects of Music Therapy on the Interaction of Verbal and Non-verbal Skills of Students with Moderate to Severe Autism - This thesis focuses on a study of music therapy vs. traditional intervention methods for treating autism spectrum disorder. The paper provides several definitions of different therapies, an in-depth look at the research surrounding music therapy, and describes the results of a study conducted on 5 children on the autism spectrum and the effects of music therapy as an intervention method.
- Why does Music Therapy help in Autism - This interesting article is from a 2009 edition of Empirical Musicology Review. The article seeks out the reasons why music therapy benefits individuals on the autism spectrum by focusing on tonal pitch. The paper argues that tonal pitch is important in accurately recognizing emotions like happiness and sadness.