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ERIC Number: ED496633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Music Therapy Engages Children with Autism in Outdoor Play. FPG Snapshot. Number 39, February 2007
FPG Child Development Institute
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. A study, published in the Journal of Music Therapy, is the first to examine strategies to promote positive peer interactions during outdoor play for preschoolers with autism in inclusive child care programs. This report summarizes the methods and findings of the study. [This FPG Snapshot was produced by the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.]
FPG Child Development Institute. University of North Carolina, Publications Office, CB# 8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-0857; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A