Music and Autism Spectrum Disorders Sources

So, since I’m probably going to end up doing my thesis on some facet of the relationship between music and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), AND since in the Spring semester of ’08 I did (currently am doing) a content analysis/literature review on the effects of music therapy on ASDs, I figured I’d compile a source page just to keep track of everything (and be of service to someone else hopefully).

Here we go.


Accordino, R., Comer, R., & Heller, W.B. (2007). Searching for music’s potential: A critical examination of research on music therapy with individuals with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders I, 101-115. Retrieved January 27, 2008, from

Aldridge, D. (2001). Music therapy research: A review of references in the medical literature. Music Therapy Today, 2. Retrieved January 20, 2008, from

Altgassen, M., Kliegel, M., & Williams, T.I. (2005). Pitch perception in children with autistic spectrum disorders. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 23, 543-558.

Barber, C.F. (1999). The use of music and colour theory as a behavior modifier. British Journal of Nursing, 8(7), 443-448.

Bettison, S. (1996). The long-term effects of auditory training on children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 26(3), 361-374.

Boso, M., Emanuele, E., Minazzi, V., Abbamonte, M., & Politi, P. (2007). Effect of long-term interactive music therapy on behavior profile and musical skills in young adults with severe autism. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 13, 709-712.

Brown, W.A., Cammuso, K., Sachs, H., Winklosky, B., Mullane, J., Bernier, R., et al. (2003). Autism-related language, personality, and cognition in people with absolute pitch: Results of a preliminary study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 33(2), 163-167.

Buday, E.M. (1995). The effects of signed and spoken words taught with music on sign and speech imitation by children with autism. Journal of Music Therapy, 32(3), 189-202.

Dempsey, I., & Foreman, P. (2001). A review of educational approaches for individuals with autism. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 48, 103-116.

Heaton, P., Hermelin, B., & Pring, L. (1999). Can children with autistic spectrum disorders perceive affect in music? An experimental investigation. Psychological Medicine, 29, 1405-1410.

Kaplan, R.S. (2005). An analysis of music therapy program goals and outcomes for clients with diagnoses on the autism spectrum. Journal of Music Therapy, 42, 2-19.

Kern, P. (2004). Making friends in music: Including children with autism in an interactive play setting. Music Therapy Today, 5(4). Retrieved February 3, 2008, from

Kern, P. & Aldridge, D. (2006). Using embedded music therapy interventions to support outdoor play of young children with autism in an inclusive community-based child care program. Journal of Music Therapy, 43(4), 270-294.

Mottron, L., Peretz, I., & Ménard, E. (2000). Local and global processing of music in high-functioning persons with autism: Beyond central coherence? Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry, 41(8), 1057-1065.

Orr, T.J., Myles, B.S. & Carlson, J.K. (1998). The impact of rhythmic entrainment on a person with autism. Focus on Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities, 13(3), 163-166.

Rickson, D. (2003). The boy with the glass flute. Voices, 3(2). Retrieved February 14, 2008, from

Schneck, D.J. & Berger, D.S. (2005). The music effect: Music physiology and Clinical Applications. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Sinha, Y., Silove, N., Wheeler, D., & Williams, K. (2004). Auditory integration training and other sound therapies for autism spectrum disorders. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (1). Retrieved March 8, 2008, from

Toolan, P.G., & Coleman, S.Y. (1994). Music therapy, a description of process: Engagement and avoidance in five people with learning disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 38, 433-444.

Umbarger, G.T. (2007). State of the evidence regarding complimentary and alternative medical treatments for autism spectrum disorders. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 42(4), 437-447.

Walworth, D.D. (2007). The use of music therapy within the SCERTS model for children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Music Therapy, 44, 2-22.

Whipple, J. (2004). Music in intervention for children and adolescents with autism: A meta-analysis. Journal of Music Therapy, 41(2), 90-106.

Wigram, T. (2007). Music therapy assessment: Psychological assessment without words. Psyke & Logos, 28, 333-357.

Wigram, T., & Gold, C. (2005). Music therapy in the assessment and treatment of autistic spectrum disorder: Clinical application and research evidence. Child: care, health and development, 32(5), 535-542.

Wimpory, D.C. & Nash, S. (1999). Musical interaction therapy – therapeutic play for children with autism. Child Language Teaching & Therapy, 15, 17-28.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. What’s Your Sensory Type? « Odd One Out  |  May 2, 2008 at 9:06 am

    […] typed up all of my references for the content analysis that I’m writing and have devoted an entire page to them. The key words are “music” and “autism spectrum disorders.” I’m […]

  • 2. Becki  |  May 2, 2008 at 9:47 am

    You know, my son responds to music in an amazing way and we have used it continuously as a calming method, motivating factor, and even in his speech work…

  • 3. lastcrazyhorn  |  May 2, 2008 at 9:58 am

    It’s amazing what music can do. That’s why music therapy is focused on treating the “whole” person. 🙂

  • 4. Music autism | TraysCustomCatering  |  March 5, 2011 at 5:31 am

    […] Music and Autism Spectrum Disorders Sources « Odd One Out ExtendedSo, since I’m probably going to end up doing my thesis on some facet of the relationship between music and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), AND since in the Spring semester of ’08 I did (currently am doing) a content analysis/literature review on the effects of music therapy on ASDs, I figured I’d compile a… […]

  • […] via WikipediaCompendium of Sources for Music and the Autism Spectrum contains a nice bibliography for the effects of music and the autistic spectrum.  There is a […]

  • 6. BKL  |  April 5, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I’m interested in using music to show ALL parents, via a “book” of videos, how to play with their infants in order to improve communication/social/motor skills and mitigate the effects of a diagnosis years later. Have worked professionally with those on the spectrum for 40 years-when the incidence was 1 in 2,000. Have you read “This is my Brain on Music” by Levitin and “Musicophilia” by Sacks? They are the “bibles” of Kindermusik.

  • 7. disabled Women Dating  |  April 24, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your
    efforts and I will be waiting for your further write ups thanks
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