Music Therapy and Autism

The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF) offers music therapy for individuals with autism through the IMNF Music Therapy Professionals Practice. Music therapy has been found to be highly effective for patients with autism because of its nonverbal and nonthreatening characteristics. Music therapy can help children with autism to develop speech. It can also alleviate social difficulties and increase cognitive function. It has been noted that many autistic individuals have unusual sensitivities to music. Some have perfect pitch. Some have been able to play musical instruments with exceptional ability. Some individuals with autism may have unusual sensitivities only to certain sounds. Our licensed music therapists are qualified to identify and incorporate those sounds into an individual’s music therapy treatment.

What to Expect

Parallel music activities

Listening to music

Making music

Rhythmic, strengthening exercises

Motivation, attention and focus activities

Music therapy can provide results including:

Improved communications skills

Improved nerve and muscle control

Increased confidence in communication attempts

Enhanced expression

Increased attention and focus

For more information on the programs and services offered by the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, please call 718-519-5840 or email imnf@centerlight.org.

What is Autism?

Autism is a bio neurological developmental disability. It impacts the development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills and cognitive function. There have been many theories about what causes autism, but no exact cause has been found. While there is no cure for autism, early intervention has been found to improve symptoms. Music therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for individuals with autism.


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