Approximately 50% of all savants have autism, while only about five to ten percent of individuals with autism possess extraordinary savant skills.
The program is not intended to be offered to the same child on an ongoing basis and therefore participants are eligible to attend a maximum of two sessions before becoming ineligible for the program. We hope this will enable us to offer the program to many children and still give parents enough time to make an informed decision about whether they wish to contract the services of the music therapist privately. Research has shown that music therapy can be an effective form of intervention for individuals with autism. Improvements may occur in social be-haviours, cognitive skills, and ritualistic behaviours. Music therapy uses a variety of techniques including music listening, music composition, singing, playing instruments, dancing, and improvisation. Music pro-vides a non-threatening, fun environment that can be adapted to any level of