The effects of music therapy on the interaction of verbal and non-verbal skills of students with moderate to severe autism

Pre-and Post-test scores were used to compare the effects ofthe use of a music therapy approach versus a traditional approach to learning and looked specifically at communication and communicative intent in five children with a diagnosis of severe autism. The communication intent recorded included: eye-contact, non-verbal gestures and communication, and verbal output. All students showed an increase in communication in these three areas during the music therapy sessions. Not all skills were sustained after the music therapy sessions ended. Key Terms: autism, communication, eye-contact, music therapy, non-verbal communication, special education