Furthermore, in secondary outcome areas, music therapy may contribute to increasing social adaptation skills in children with ASD and to promoting the quality of parent-child relationships.
For children dealing with autism, interacting with others can be difficult, but through introducing an instrument to their therapy, they may bond first with the object and then open up to others interacting with their instruments as well.
Music and Autism Research How Music Therapy Helps Learners with ASD Autism Science Foundation American Music Therapy Association Fact Sheet (PDF) Benefits of Music Therapy for Individuals With Autism Our interpretation of music, both in lyrics and in sound can greatly assist in teaching us to communicate.
For children with autism, this could mean learning a new word from a song, or better understanding how to act in a social situation based on the messages that a song is expressing.
This means that a therapist can use a song or instrument to support cognitive activity so that we can build self-awareness and improve relationships with others.
Music encourages communicative behavior and can encourage interaction with others, which is something that autistic children have great difficulty with.