Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Communication Sciences and Disorders

Document Type



Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is defined by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association as a developmental disability that causes problems with social skills and communication. The principle objective of this case study was to determine whether or not listening to music affects the social behaviors of a child with ASD. In addition, this study sought to determine if listening to different types of music caused a difference in the social behaviors of the child. Two types of music, nursery rhymes and classical instrumental, were used and four specific social behaviors; eye contact, joint attention, facial expressions, and attention seeking; were examined. Five minutes of listening to music was implemented at the beginning of each therapy session. The two musical types were alternated monthly over a semester of therapy. This study could have implications for future use of music in the treatment of social behaviors in children with ASD.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Lloyd Moore



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Communication Commons