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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Pediatrics

Advisor

Sarah Bolander, DMSc, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Abstract

Music therapy is the clinical use of music to provide a nonpharmacological treatment model for various disorders. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), dementia, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) use music therapy as a treatment option. ASD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder. A defining characteristic of ASD is the lack of communication skills, which are essential for all individuals to interact within their communities. Intensive, personalized early intervention is recommended for children with ASD. Early therapeutic interventions aim to teach children with ASD the skills needed to thrive in their home, school, and community environment. Studies using music therapy have positively impacted autistic children's social communication, language development, emotional engagement, and social behavior. Music therapy can be a positive resource for most autistic children to gain the social communication skills needed.

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