Literature reports that most individuals with autism spectrum disorder respond positively to music. The frequency with which people with ASD show a heightened interest and response to music makes it an excellent therapeutic tool for working with them.
Music therapy services in medical settings such as hospitals take many forms. Patient outcomes are individualized and specific. Although benefits are often described in medical terms, music therapy is clearly for the "whole person."
This worldwide community of almost 1,400 professionals and students came together July 5-9 in Seoul, South Korea from 45 countries to experience music and explore music therapy in eastern and western philosophy.