Publication Date

Spring 5-2023


School of Behavioral Sciences




Autism Spectrum Disorder, Autism, ASD, Music Therapy, Language Acquisition, Developmental Psychology, Childhood, Early Childhood, Applied Behavior Analysis, ABA


Applied Behavior Analysis | Child Psychology | Developmental Psychology | Development Studies | Disability Studies | Experimental Analysis of Behavior | School Psychology


Through an experimental method, the researcher investigated whether children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to develop verbal communication skills after consistent exposure to songs with lyrics. Six children with nonverbal ASD were exposed to the same song with lyrics, with the goal of increased vocalization and language acquisition. Over nine sessions, subjects were pulled to participate in the experiment. The researcher played the song for the participants, recording the responses from each trial and categorizing them as either full words, verbal approximations, or miscellaneous verbalizations. The findings of the study suggest that there is a relationship between music and language acquisition in children with nonverbal autism spectrum disorder.