Benefits of Music Therapy for Autism & Developmental Delays

Cognitive Goals

  • Enhances recall and memory skills
  • Enhances visual perception and sensory processing through sound, touch, movement and dancing
  • Provides cognitive stimulation to many complex functions and areas of the brain

Emotional Goals

  • Addresses positive changes in emotional states
  • Increases confidence and self-esteem through successful music experiences
  • Reduces agitation, sadness, stress, and anxiety

Self Awareness Goals

• Promotes creative and self expression

• Provides support, acknowledgement, and validation of beliefs, values, thoughts, and ideas

• Enhances connection to self and identity

Mackenzie Costron. Find Your Voice Music Therapy. Accredited Music Therapist. Registered Counselling Therapist. Halifax, Nova Scotia. Music Therapy.

Social Goals

• Promotes social interaction, and group cohesion

• Increases awareness to environment and others

• Enhances emotional skills and decreases behaviour challenges

•Enhances attention, focus turn taking, listening, and sharing skills through music activities and games

• Addresses developmental learning and life skills

Physical Goals

  • Improves fine and gross motor skills through rhythm in music, playing music instruments, movement and dancing
  • Improves balance, mobility, and coordination of movement
  • Enhances visual motor skills
  • Improve hand-eye coordination
  • Improves verbal, language, and communication skills by triggering challenging vowel, consonant, and combinations of sounds through singing music