Autism Awareness Week - The benefits of outdoor music for people with autism


In honor of World Autism Awareness Week, running from 27th March to 2nd AprilPercussion Play is highlighting the healing power of playing music in the great outdoors and how it can support people with Autism.

It is well-known that playing musical instruments lifts people’s moods and creates a powerful sense of well-being.  Music therapy has been shown to significantly improve communication for those with a wide range of disabilities and health conditions.  Numerous studies have concluded that there is a strong positive correlation between exposure to music and improved well-being for autistic people.

Being outside also enhances our mood and in the case of autistic people, the positive effects of being outdoors can be significant. One study concluded that music therapy sessions in an outdoor environment can ‘improve children’s peer interaction’. 

Another study reported seven primary benefits of being outdoors for autistic children.

These are the promotion of:

·       Communication

·       Emotion

·       Cognition

·       Interaction

·       Physical activity

·       Decreasing autistic sensitivity

Jody Ashfield, Co-founder, and CEO of Percussion Play said: “Studies show again and again the power of music for autistic people and we are proud to support World Autism Awareness Week.  During the week we are encouraging people to recognize the benefits of creating music in the great outdoors and  hope to see more communities embrace the power of music in their parks, libraries, schools, and hospitals around the world.”


Percussion Play is the world-leading manufacturer of outdoor musical instruments. With a diverse selection of musical and percussion instruments, they are committed to making musical expression accessible to everyone, everywhere.

Percussion Play create exciting, outdoor musical instruments for all ages and abilities to explore - bringing the joy of playing percussion to the great outdoors.

Specifically designed for challenging outdoor environments including; playgrounds, parks, trails, schools, family attractions, hospitals and senior living, the instruments are fully inclusive, accessible and enjoyed by all who encounter them.

Percussion Play has built their reputation on the excellence of their service and quality of their musical instruments installed in a variety of settings all over the world, they have over 200 representatives in over 60 countries.

Percussion Play has been named the winner of a 2021 Queen’s Award for Enterprise – one of the highest accolades and most prestigious awards a UK-based company can win. They were informed that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth had approved the Prime Minister’s recommendation that they should receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category in acknowledgment of their outstanding growth in overseas sales over the past three years.

Percussion Play’s co-founder, Robin Ashfield, has been chosen as an Export Champion by the UK Government Department for International Trade.

Christian School Product magazine has chosen Percussion Play’s instruments for their 'best of the best' list of products and services from manufacturers and dealers in the school market.

Percussion Play has been selected for inclusion in Religious Product News’ 2022 Hot Products & Services issue.

For more information about Percussion Play’s products in the UK, call +44 1730 235180, email us at  or visit our website at .

For services in the United States and Canada, call +1 (866) 882-9170.


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