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What is Music Therapy and How Can Parents Use Music at Home to Help Children with Autism

Updated: Apr 5, 2023

What is music therapy?

Music Therapy is a research-based health care profession that uses music to help clients reach their therapeutic goals. Ok, that sounds interesting, but what exactly does that mean? Let’s take a closer look.

  • Research-based,” indicates that the techniques and methods that music therapists use are based on research that is being done at many universities, hospitals and institutions throughout the world.

  • Health care profession,” means that music therapy is a field that is based on rehabilitative and medical models. It is similar to the professions of physical therapy, speech therapy, or occupational therapy.

  • Uses music to help clients reach their therapeutic goals,” means that music therapists help clients work on goals that might typically be found on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). For example, a music therapist working with a child with non-verbal autism might address the goal of increased communication through the use of an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) device.

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