Autistic children often exhibit hyperarousal and dysregulation when attending medical and
therapy appointments (South & Rodgers, 2017). Researchers have shown that music therapy can
be an effective modality in working with autistic individuals (Carpente et al., 2021; Chanda &
Levitin, 2013; Carpentier & Potter, 2007; Gebauer et al., 2014; LaGasse, 2018; Lory et al.,
2020; Simpson & Keen, 2011). More specifically, music therapy in the form of rhythmic
entrainment has been shown to promote positive change of arousal levels and regulatory
behaviors in autistic individuals (Berger 2012; Orr & Myles; 1998; Hardy & LaGasse, 2013).
While music therapy has been demonstrated through research to be a valuable service in dealing
with these challenges, there is a gap in literature regarding usable resources. At the Memorial
Outpatient Pediatric Therapy Department in Marietta, Ohio, young autistic children are seen for
physical, occupational, and speech therapy services. It was reported that due to hyperarousal and
dysregulation, efficacy of sessions was frequently delayed and/or diminished. This project was
developed in response, and music-based resources were created for the purpose of lowering
arousal levels and increasing on-task focus. Based on music therapy research and experience, the
four resources were developed to be used primarily by the non-music therapists involved in this
setting. One ‘Therapy Time!’ transition song was composed and recorded in video format to
assist in preparation for therapy sessions. Three additional recordings were produced at 60 beats
per minute, one of drumming, flute, and guitar, each approximately ten minutes in length. All
four resources are accessible via YouTube for use by therapists, caregivers, and autistic children.
Instructions, accompanying visual aids, and links of resources are included within project.