Music Therapy and ASD

Music Therapy can be an effective way for individuals on the autism spectrum to fully express themselves. At Dynamic Lynks, we assess each client’s strengths and areas of need to determine the best course of treatment in a client-centered way. Using a variety of clinical approaches, we are able to meet the client where they are to help bring them to where they want to be. 

In individual sessions, our therapists design interventions for each client to target their specific areas of need in an inclusive and affirming way. Using instrument play, singing, sensorimotor play, and music listening; clients practice skill development in the communication, cognitive, sensorimotor, and social/emotional domains. 

In group sessions, our therapists use music as a means of social interaction and social communication. Clients learn strategies to facilitate meaningful peer relations as well as how to manage their emotional expression and regulation.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Criteria

As of 2013, the DSM categorizes Autism as:

  1. Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts.

  2. Restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.

  3. Symptoms must be present in the early developmental period.

  4. Symptoms cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of current functioning.

  5. These disturbances are not better explained by intellectual disability (intellectual developmental disorder) or global developmental delay.

Additionally the DSM V added levels of severity for Autism Spectrum Disorder, ranging from "requiring support" to "requiring very substantial support"

Challenges with social-emotional reciprocity, nonverbal communicative behaviors used for social interaction, and developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships.



Struggles to communicate wants and needs, intelligibility of speech is limited, or uses few words to communicate with others.



Stereotyped or repetitive motor movements, use of objects, or speech. Hyper or hypo-reactivity to sensory input or unusual interests in sensory aspects of the environment.


Insistence on sameness, inflexible adherence to routines, ritualized patterns, or verbal nonverbal behavior such as extreme distress at small changes. Highly restricted, fixated interests that are abnormal in intensity or focus.



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