The benefits of music and the brain are available to autistic children.
The part of the brain that develops with music is fully functional in most autistic students. Children who learn music experience IQ raising in the areas that concern mathematics, language and spacial reasoning. They also enjoy a reduction in mood disturbance making their lives more enjoyable.
The program must be specific, non-threatening and social.
Because music can become a great joy autistic students can shut out the world and focus only on their music. Although they would experience the intellectual advantages of music on the brain the further loss of communication would be a disaster. Therefore a group based environment either with other children, a parent plus teacher or caregiver plus teacher is really necessary.