Why Didn't Music Therapy Help Autistic Kids?
(MedPage Today) -- Maybe the researchers failed, not the therapy
PMID: 29657942 [PubMed]
Preliminary studies have indicated that music therapy may benefit children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). To examine the effects of improvisational music therapy (IMT) on social affect and responsiveness of children with ASD. International, multicentre, three-arm, single-masked randomised controlled trial, including a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)-funded centre that recruited in Londo n and the east of England. Randomisation was via a remote service using permuted blocks, stratified by study site.
ConclusionsNot only do these results confirm the stress‐reducing nature of two types of multisensory therapy, but they support the use of sAA as a potential tool for evaluating stress levels in individuals with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder, providing an important physiological lens that may guide strategies in clinical and non‐clinical care for individuals with disabilities.
Does improvisational music therapy offer long-term benefit in terms of social affect in children with ASD?Medscape Pediatrics
This study examined whether the therapeutic relationship in music therapy with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder predicts generalized changes in social skills. Participants (4-7 years, N = 48) were assessed at baseline, 5 and 12 months. The therapeutic relationship, as observed from session videos, and the generalized change in social skills, as judged by independent blinded assessors and parents, were evaluated using standardized tools (Assessment of the Quality of Relationship; ADOS; SRS). Linear mixed effect models showed significant interaction effects between the therapeutic relationship a...
Condition: Autism Spectrum Disorder Intervention: Behavioral: music therapy sessions . Sponsor: Assiut University Not yet recruiting - verified August 2017
Although a new randomized trial showed that improvisational music therapy did not reduce social affect in children with autism spectrum disorder, the intervention may work in some, researchers say.Medscape Medical News