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 seven countries worldwide.
It aims to include a total of 300 children with ASD and will focus on the core symptoms of autism, examining whether music therapy improves social communicative skills in children with ASD.