Music Therapy: Treatment for Autism and Neurological / Physical Disorders

Music Therapy (MT) has been proven as an effective treatment for a variety of neurological and physical disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, asthma, and ASDs. One example of its effectiveness is former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, whose recovery treatment employed MT to help her regain her speech after surviving a bullet wound to her brain.

The press release “Setting the Record Straight: What Music Therapy Is and Is Not” from the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) provides an interesting look at the treatment and who it can help.

For more information about music therapy, read “Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Arizona (NMTSA).”

About the American Music Therapy Association

AMTA’s purpose is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. Predecessors, unified in 1998, included the National Association for Music Therapy founded in 1950 and the American Association for Music Therapy founded in 1971. AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession.

Music therapists participate in quality assurance reviews of clinical programs within their facilities. In addition, AMTA provides several mechanisms for monitoring the quality of music therapy programs which include: Standards of Practice, a Code of Ethics, a system for Peer Review, a Judicial Review Board, and an Ethics Board.