Music Therapy (Children with developmental disabilities)
Dr Grace Thompson is a registered music therapist, senior lecturer and researcher. Dr Thompson completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2012, and focused on investigating child and parent outcomes following home-based music therapy sessions with preschool-aged children with autism and their mothers. Prior to her academic career, Dr Thompson worked exclusively in the Early Childhood Intervention sector supporting families with a child with disability. As music therapist and team leader, Dr Thompson developed a collaborative approach to music therapy practice with these families guided by ecological theories and family-centred philosophy. Her music therapy practice and research is therefore underpinned by a desire to support parent-child relationships through participating in engaging and mutually enjoyable musical play activities. Dr Thompson’s post-doctoral research focuses on music therapy with children with autism, disability, and delivered within ecologically oriented strategies. Dr Thompson’s research expertise is in mixed methods studies that have a translational focus. She is the co-editor of “Music Therapy with Families: Therapeutic Approaches and Theoretical Perspectives”, was Keynote speaker at the 2014 National Australian Music Therapy Conference, and a Spotlight speaker at the 2014 World Federation of Music Therapy Congress in Krems, Austria.
Dr Thompson's research expertise is in mixed method designs that are applicable to real world clinical contexts. Graduate Research Supervision at The University of Melbourne: - Masters (complete) “Music therapy performances with pre-adolescent children and families living in crisis: an interpretative phenomenological analysis.” Fairchild, Thompson, McFerran. 2013-2014. http://hdl.handle.net/11343/44207 - Masters (complete). “Music therapy teaming and learning: how transdisciplinary experience shapes practice in an autism specialist school.” Arns, Thompson, McFerran. 2016-2018. http://hdl.handle.net/11343/212464 - PhD (complete) “How do pre-adolescent children use music as a health resource throughout their experience of living in crisis?” Fairchild, McFerran, Thompson. 2015-2018. - PhD (complete) “Exploring parents experiences and perceptions of singing and using their voice with their baby in a neonatal unit: An interpretative phenomenological analysis.” McLean, Thompson, McFerran. 2014-2018. - Masters (ongoing). Churchill, Thompson. 2018-ongoing