Music, recognized as a form of human communication, offers potential benefits for individuals with physical, intellectual, or emotional challenges. Utilizing a ‘child-centred way of learning,’ music interventions involve singing, body percussion, playing various instruments, movement, dancing, and communication activities. These approaches aim to assist children with developmental delays and disabilities.
However, children with autism may exhibit behaviours that challenge participation and intellectual functioning in a music class. These challenging behaviours can include aggression, defiance, talking out of turn, interrupting, and being off-task. Addressing these challenges is crucial for providing effective music-based interventions for children with autism.