Music Therapy - Children

Music therapy is available for children on the autism spectrum, children who have developmental delay or other support needs. Music therapy sessions may be provided individually or for small groups of 2-3 children, to help with communication and social skills in the context of a therapeutic musical environment.

Research with children who have autism or developmental delay shows music therapy may help improve joint attention, social interaction and communication as well as build relationships via music. There are excerpts from recent research below.
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Following a recent block of music therapy for children with autism, feedback from parents included the following:

Thank you for our block of music therapy.
My child very much enjoyed the freedom to explore the instruments and to interact with you.
Highly recommended.

Music therapy in schools - information and sample schedule

Information Sheet - more about music therapy for children

Research Sheet - examples of research into music therapy with autism

Please fill in a copy of the 2 forms below before commencing music therapy. Every detail you can provide helps. You can print these and bring them with you, or fill them electronically and email.

Referral Form - provide background, aims, additional information

Consent Form - provide permission for therapy and optionally recording or case studies


The SIGN guideline for Autism from Healthcare Improvement Scotland states:

"Music therapy may help children with ASD to improve their skills in social interaction, verbal communication, initiating behaviour, and social-emotional reciprocity, compared to placebo or standard care, in the short- to medium-term." (SIGN 145 2016)

The 2014 Cochrane review of music therapy for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) found:

"music therapy may help children with ASD to improve their skills in primary outcome areas that constitute the core of the condition including social interaction, verbal communication, initiating behaviour, and social-emotional reciprocity. Music therapy may also help to enhance non-verbal communication skills within the therapy context. Furthermore, in secondary outcome areas, music therapy may contribute to increasing social adaptation skills in children with ASD and to promoting the quality of parent-child relationships." (Geretsegger et al. 2014)

For children with autism, music therapy has been shown effective in developing joint attention (LaGasse 2014) and other social skills (Kim et al. 2008). However, a recent trial found improvisational music therapy had no significant impact on symptom severity (Bieleninik et al. 2017). Despite this, a related study found a link between the music therapeutic relationship and development of social skills (Mössler et al. 2017).

Research has shown family-centred music therapy improves social interactions for children with severe autism:

Family-centred music therapy improves social interactions in the home and community and the parent-child relationship, but not language skills or general social responsiveness. This study provides preliminary support for the use of family-centred music therapy to promote social engagement in children with severe ASD." (Thompson et al. 2014).

Music therapy with children who have developmental delay has been used to help with communication and speech development (Gross et al. 2010) and social and personal skills (Aldridge et al. 1995). These studies also demonstrated development in relationship, prompted through musical interactions.