Despite limited evidence of its effectiveness, music therapy is increasingly utilized to help children with disabilities.

Music can offer a creative outlet while drawing on the strengths of those with autism in particular because it relies on patterns, music therapists say.

The therapy uses music to deal with social, emotional and physical needs.

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It is, however, difficult to measure the effectiveness of music therapy because people with disabilities vary greatly, making it hard to put together an accurate control group. Also the success of the therapy can be impacted by the therapist, reports The Washington Post. To read more click here.