WHAT POPULATIONS CAN BENEFIT FROM MUSIC THERAPY?
Music Therapy can help address a wide range of goals in a wide range of populations, including people with autism and/or other developmental disabilities, dementia and alzheimer's patients, and mental health patients.
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
Music therapy services for young children with ASD are very effective for improving communication, interpersonal skills, personal responsibility, and play (Whipple, 2012).
Music therapy interventions may elicit joint attention (Kalas, 2012); enhance auditory processing, other sensory-motor, perceptual/motor, or gross/fine motor skills (LaGasse & Hardy, 2013); and identify and appropriately express emotions (Katagiri, 2009).