Autism Early Intervention

CMS-D has a special grant from the Flinn Foundation to provide an Early Intervention for Autism for Very Young Children between the ages of 3 and 5. For an informational program flier click here.

For a registration form click here. NOTE: Please do not email these forms. Forms include confidential information and should be mailed, faxed or dropped off in person to: 3408 Woodward, Detroit, MI, 48201. Please call (313) 578-9716 with questions.

The purpose of this Music Therapy Intervention in Early Childhood is to assist the recently diagnosed child with ASD, as well as the family and team, to build developmental skills, reach educational milestones, and empower the child by maximizing functioning and coping skills.

Quality of life and emotional state is improved through acquisition of skills, lower anxiety, and even communication skills. The most compelling evidence supporting the clinical benefits of music therapy for ASD lies in the areas of social-emotional responsiveness and communication, including increased compliance, reduced anxiety, increased speech output, decreased vocal stereotypy, receptive labeling, and increased interaction with peers. Research also indicates the potential for music to assist in the learning of daily routines.

Music therapy services for very young children with ASD are effective for improving communication, interpersonal skills, personal responsibility, and play (Whipple, 2012). Music therapy clinicians and researchers emphasize early intervention for ASD as music yields significant treatment benefits, particularly in the areas of social (challenging, self-stimulatory, mealtime out-of-seat behaviors), communication (eye contact, verbalization, spontaneous speech, social acknowledgment, and communicative acts) and cognitive skill enhancement (gross motor task completion, computer task response accuracy, shape identification, vocabulary comprehension, and point and look at stimulus)