What Are the Effects of Long-Term Interactive Music Therapy in Young Adults With Severe Autism?

Question by Fred: What are the effects of long-term interactive in young adults with severe autism?
i am not looking for anything scholarly and want to read your comments on the topic

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Answer by peacelily
I hope you get another answerer besides me this time, but I happen to have a pretty good resource I checked out of the library this week. According to this book, “In clinical settings, music therapy has been shown to reduce blood pressure, alleviate pain, ease muscle tension, and promote movement during physical rehabilitation. Music can promote feelings of security and calmness and counteract depression. Music therapy can improve physical, mental and social functioning…Music therapy can help to improve coordination skills, attention and focus, and relatedness skills.”

“Spectral Activated Music of Optimal Natural Structure, or SAMONAS, is an intervention designed to help individuals with a variety of disabilities (including ASDs) develop their auditory processing skills, lessen hypersensitivity to sound, and improve neurological functions. The SAMONAS method uses compact discs with electronically tailored classical music and nature sounds. This treatment takes place in the home, with the child listening to the SAMONAS compact discs 15 to 60 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 4 to 7 months.” (I assume it would help young adults as well).

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