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Study casts doubt on music therapy for kids with autism

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - A new study says music therapy doesn't do anything for Autism.

A group of Norwegian researchers found that music therapy plus standard care does not improve Autism symptoms any better than standard care alone.

The study looked at 364 children between four and seven years old in nine countries over five months.

It concluded that any improvement from music therapy came at the expense of reduced improvement from standard care.

The study says that the overall results were exactly the same whether music therapy was involved or not.

Critics say the study is riddled with problems including differences in care among countries and the short duration of observation.

Some parents of Autistic children also report that singing can help their children develop language skills.