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Conclusion

The hypothesis that  autistic children will be more relaxed and calm when music is played in the background, is proven to be true.

Autism is a neurological disorder where the brain’s normal functions are adversely affected. The symptoms normally appear during early childhood and continue through a person’s adulthood. Currently there is still no known cure for this condition. However, music therapy has been accepted and used on autistic persons since the 1950’s.

Also consider

To improve the reliability and accuracy of our results, a larger sample of participants should be used.

This science fair project may be repeated, using different types of music like rock, jazz or country.

Modify the science project experiment, by trying to have the children sing or produce other reactions .

References

Autism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism

Music Therapy and Language for the Autistic Child - http://www.autism.com/families/therapy/music.htm

Autism Disorder - Music therapy could bring about a Significant Change - http://www.alternateheals.com/music-therapy/autism-music-therapy.htm

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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