Autism Spectrum Disorder and Music Therapy
As part of our commitment to providing evidence-based care, The Harrison Center’s music therapists regularly review summarize important music therapy research relevant to our patients. Please let us know if you have an article or topic you’d like to see summarized here!
How can music therapy benefit the whole family?
Parents and Young Children with Disabilities: The Effects of a Home-Based Music Therapy Program on Parent-Child Interactions
Research from Florida State University examined the impacts of a music therapy program on dyads of parents and their children…
How Can Music Therapy Improve Attention in Adolescents with ASD?
The Effect of Musical Attention Control Training (MACT) on Attention Skills of Adolescents with Neurodevelopmental Delays: A Pilot Study
While previous works have demonstrated music may benefit attention related behaviors in individuals with ASD, researchers from Queens University of Charlotte and Colorado State University emphasized a lack of studies on specific music therapy protocols…
Can music therapy benefit the whole family?
Long-Term Perspectives of Family Quality of Life Following Music Therapy with Young Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Phenomenological Study
A study from the University of Melbourne summarized the challenges that social and communication needs of children with ASD often pose for formation of family connection…
How can music therapy improve attention?
Assessing the Impact of Music Therapy on Sensory Gating and Attention in Children with Autism: A Pilot and Feasibility Study
In an effort to progress understanding of physiological responses to music intervention, researchers from Colorado State University examined the impact of a music therapy protocol on sensory processing and attention in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)….
What Other Populations Can Music Therapy Serve? – Adolescents
The Resilience Songwriting Program for Adolescent Bereavement: A Mixed Methods Exploratory Study
In highlighting prior research on health and safety risks of unmanaged grief symptoms, as well as that on benefits of general music therapy for grief reduction, researchers from Drexel University made a case for exploring the impacts of specific music therapy intervention on adolescent bereavement…
How Music Therapy is Different from Enrolling your Child in Lessons
It is common practice for a parent or individual to seek out music instruction for their child or themselves at all ages. Some may enroll their children or themselves in private piano or guitar lessons and others experience music by participating in band, choir, or...