• Lynne Ford

The Therapeutic Value of Music

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato


Music has the ability to connect us with a memory or feeling on a deeply personal level. It also has the ability to draw people together as a shared experience.


For many individuals on the autism spectrum, there is a difficulty in filtering the stimuli, leading to anxiety and feeling overwhelmed. Recent studies have shown, however, that music can lessen anxiety in autistic individuals. This has lead to a growth in popularity of the use of music therapy for people with ASD.



Researchers suggest that people listen to music for a variety of reasons:

  • Emotional release - music can enable us to connect with and express our feelings.

  • Processing - music and lyrics give us the opportunity to think about our life experiences, develop insights and meanings.

  • Emotional regulation - research suggests that people frequently use music to regulate their emotions.


So as an alternative to expressing yourself verbally, you may want to consider using music to help you with emotional release, emotional regulation or processing life experiences.