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Music Therapy and Autism

According to new research, children with autism may benefit from music therapy. In the study, half the children were assigned to a music therapy group and the other half to a control group.  The music group had a 45 minute session in which they sang, played different instruments and interacted with a therapist. The control group interacted with the therapist but had no musical activities. According to brain scans, the music therapy decreased connectivity between the auditory and visual regions, which tend to be over-connected in people with autism. After 3 months, families of the music group reported better communication skills and family quality of life.

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