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Music Therapy for Autism : Music Motivates Child with Autism to Communicate

Updated: Oct 13, 2022

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This music therapy video with a child with autism illustrates the following:

  • Music is a powerful motivator that can be used to help children with special needs learn communication skills

  • If you are using physical prompts with a child (i.e. hand over hand support), fade the prompts so that the child is independent and successful

  • Apps on the iPad such as this Yes/No app ( can be excellent tools for a child to communicate wants and needs

  • Teaching a child finger individuation and extension skills (i.e. pointing the index finger) is a foundational skill for using augmentative and alternative communication devices (i.e. Dynovox, Springboard, iPad)

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