The Feasibility and Efficacy of Tele-Music Therapy on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder


Low accessibility and lack of resources are primary barriers for children in rural areas to receive music therapy services. The research summarized in this poster used real-time video-conferencing platforms to provide cost-effective music therapy to serve children with autism in any location. This concurrent mixed-methods research tested the feasibility and efficacy of tele-music therapy.

Qualitative online interviews and a quantitative randomized controlled trial were used to collect data to examine two related research questions: (1) What is the feasibility and efficacy of delivering tele-music therapy for children with autism?; and (2) What are the barriers and feasibility of delivering tele-music therapy at home? Both quantitative and qualitative data showed that tele-music therapy is a feasible and potentially efficacious method to deliver music therapy intervention to children with autism spectrum disorder. The researcher hopes this clinical research will contribute to the potential for tele-music therapy to be an alternative mode to increase equity and access to music therapy in rural areas worldwide.


Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota


  • Education practices (K12 and transition)
    • Arts integration
    • Assistive/adaptive technology
  • Community life
    • Recreation and leisure
  • Specific disability
    • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)