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Many universities world-wide are conducting research on the benefits of music therapy for children with special needs.  This is a list of some of the research-based outcomes of music therapy when used with children with special needs. 


  • Increased attention

  • Decreased self-stimulation

  • Improved cognitive functioning

  • Increased socialization

  • Successful and safe self-expression

  • Improved behavior

  • Enhanced auditory processing

  • Decreased agitation

  • Improved receptive/expressive language

  • Enhanced sensory-motor skills

For detailed information about these studies and results, please visit the American Music Therapy Association’s “Fact Sheet” page a bibliography of this research.

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