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Music Therapy Engages Children With Autism in Outdoor Play
FPG Child Development Institute
February, 2007

The unstructured space, running, climbing, sliding, and loud nature of playground time can be overwhelming for children with autism who thrive on predictable and structured routines. As a result, these preschoolers often do not experience the learning and social development benefits from outdoor play seen in their typically developing classmates. However, new research suggests that music may help bridge the gap between children with autism and their peers.

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