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Abstract

This science fair project was performed to compare the effectiveness of music in calming an autistic child. The tests were done using 3 autistic children and playing different types of music - classical, piano and pop song.

Hypothesis

Autistic children will be more relaxed and calm when music is played in the background.

Scientific Terms

Autism, neural development, therapy, remediation

Background

Autism and music

Autism is a condition caused by a disorder in the neural development. The symptoms of autism are the inability to interact socially, being unable to speak or communicate properly and repetitive behavioral patterns. These symptoms normally surface in children who suffer from autism by the age of three.

Music therapy has been found to be beneficial to children with autistic conditions as it does not involve verbal communication. Music therapy has been found to be especially effective in the remediation and development of speech among autistic children. Some autistic children are able to sing even though they cannot speak.

Another observation is that autistic children are sensitive to music. They often are able to play musical instruments.
 

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Complexity level:
9
Project cost ($):
20
Time required:
1 hour to prepare, 4 days for science fair project
Material availability:
Participation of autistic children
Safety concerns:

None