- Does your child have an official diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? This includes Aspergers and PDD-NOS.
- Is your child between the ages of 4 and 8 years?
- Can your child wear headphones? Most children can, even with sensitivities to sound and touch.
- Can you keep notes and report your observations in English?
If you have answered “yes” to all these questions you and your child are eligible to participate. NOTE: Children who have a diagnosis of ASD with a major medical diagnosis such as Down’s or tuberous sclerosis unfortunately do not qualify for this study.
The study takes place entirely in your own home. It will last for 40 weeks (10 months). As part of the study design, families will be randomly allocated to one of three groups: a control group with no listening, or to one of two different music listening programmes, which are being compared.
Families in the music listening groups will be loaned equipment for use during the study. Your child will listen through special headphones 30 minutes per day, from Monday to Friday, with a weekend break. If your child is not given the selected music programme during the study itself, he/she will be provided with it after the study is completed at 40 weeks. This study design will inform us as to whether the intervention is really creating measurable change.
If you are interested in taking part, you will need to give written permission for your child to participate and sign a waiver that says you understand the equipment is on loan and must be returned to the University at the end of the study. All personal or family information is confidential and no identifiable information will be used in any public materials. Only anonymous data will be retained after the end of the study.