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Music Therapy and Autism

Andrew Littlefield, MM, MT-BC is a music therapist and Assistant Director at The George Center for Music Therapy, Inc. in the metro-Atlanta, Georgia area. The George Center has served hundreds of clients in the Atlanta area, many of who are diagnosed on the autism 

As a music therapist, I have the opportunity to watch people of all ages and abilities connect and grow simply through the act of making and interacting with music.  Music therapy is a fast-growing, research-based field in which a board-certified music therapist uses music-based interventions to address non-music goals with their clients.

Some of the most exciting developments in our field recently have involved music therapy and autism.  Music therapy is a great fit with autism for a variety of reasons:

·     Music encourages social interactions

·     Music is adaptable to people of all abilities

·     Music is multi-modal and engages us across multiple domains (motor, communication, cognitive, etc.)

·     Music provides opportunities for success

·     Music therapy is adaptable to many autism treatment modalities (ABA, DIR-Floortime, SCERTS, and more.)

·     Music is FUN and motivating!

When I tell people I’m a music therapist, I get quite a few raised eyebrows.  With a job title like that, people are understandably curious.  You may have a few questions yourself. To help answer those, I’ve created this handy infographic that answers some common questions regarding music therapy and its applications with autism spectrum disorders!


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You can learn more about music therapy through the American Music Therapy Association, find a music therapist near you through the Certification Board for Music Therapists, or learn all about music therapy, tips, tricks, and more at The George Center for Music Therapy Blog!

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