Rhythmic and sequential aspects of music activate the

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areas throughout the entire brain. Rhythmic and sequential aspects of music activate the  left hemisphere of the brain, while melodic aspects of music activate the right hemisphere  of the brain. Typically, musical activities incorporate both melodic and rhythmic tasks,  simultaneously involving both hemispheres of the brain. In contrast, language is dominant 
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4 within the left hemisphere of the brain and this is where the majority of, although not all,  language processes occur” (Drake, 2014). Music Therapy can help cause change in both the physical and functional aspects of certain parts  of the brain. “A 2009 study utilizing music-based intervention reported that non-verbal children  with autism were able to speak after undergoing motor mapping training” (Sharma & Tarazi,  2018).  If children are exposed to music therapy they’ll be more motivated to continue through  with the therapy because it can be seen a fun, more relaxed method that makes it ultimately  easier for children to communicate whether that be verbally or non-verbally. This brings me to  my hypothesis of: “communication development increases with music therapy. Therefore, by  using music therapy it will have a positive impact on the verbal/non-verbal communication  development in kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. For this hypothesis, my intent is to draw a  conclusion through an observational design about causal connections with music therapy and  communication development in children with autism.  Research Design I will be conducting an observational design. The experiment will use two groups of  children who suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder that affects their communication  development, both verbal and non-verbal.   This design is best to test my hypothesis because I stated how using music therapy on  children who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder would have a positive impact on both their verbal  and non-verbal communication patterns. By comparing the two groups of children who suffer  from this disability and using a simple random sample placing them into the group that uses 
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5 musical instruments or the group that uses just standard toys, I’ll hopefully be able to get a better understanding of how effective music therapy can be in terms of communication compared to a  different medium.  The participants in my study are a group of 10 children selected from a local psychiatrist  office. Their ages conducted in the study would be from age 4 to 8 years old, with hopefully an  even distribution of both boys and girls. I would send an email out to the parents of all the  children from the psychiatrist's office who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, would notify them 
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