Globally, rates of diagnosis for autism are increasing. Autistic children need a continuous source of interest and various modes of treatment. Music treatment is a tool that can induce physical response in a child in any environment, regardless of their capabilities, as it does not require verbal communication.
According to Juliette Alvin (author or the 1978 book Music for the Autistic Child), although autistic children do not understand the process of music, they generally enjoy it, and allowing them to respond to it in particular situations is beneficial. The rhythmic response of the body to the music nurtures the mind and body.
Self-Music Therapy is a device for autistic children that recognises their repetitive actions and walking habits through pressure-sensor socks and delivers this information to a device. Music is played that correlates with this rhythm pattern. Through continuous rhythm treatment, a child can begin to control his or her behaviour to suit the rhythm. The child can play the rhythm he or she produced. With this kind of treatment, autistic children can increase their capacity for social exchange.