Randomised controlled Trial of Improvisational Music therapy's Effectiveness for children with Autism spectrum disorders (TIME-A)

LeitungGesamtprojektleitung: Prof. Dr. Christian Gold, Uni Research, Bergen, Norwegen; Lokale Projektleitung: MMMag. Monika Geretsegger, Universität Wien
KooperationGrieg Academy Music Therapy Research Center (GAMUT) Uni Helse, Uni Research, Bergen, Norwegen; Aalborg University, Dänemark
FörderinstitutionResearch Council of Norway

TIME-A is an international trial of the effectiveness of music therapy for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) hosted by the Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre (GAMUT/Uni Health/Uni Research).

Prevalence figures for ASD are rising, and early interventions are important to reduce the risk of individuals to withdraw from education, working life and social activities. Previous research has suggested that music therapy may enhance skills of social interaction and communication and is therefore considered as promising early intervention for children diagnosed with ASD.

TIME-A is the first well-controlled effectiveness study and largest randomised controlled trial on non-pharmacological therapy for autism so far. It is funded by the Research Council of Norway and builds upon a collaboration of nine countries worldwide.