Journal article

The role of music-based parent-child play activities in supporting social engagement with children on the autism spectrum: A content analysis of parent interviews

Grace Anne Thompson, Emily Catherine Shanahan, Ian Gordon

NORDIC JOURNAL OF MUSIC THERAPY | GRIEG ACADEMY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Play skills in children on the autism spectrum have been observed to be different to their typically developing peers ever since autism was first formally identified. While the importance of play in child development is well recognised, there is limited research exploring the developmental benefits of different modes of play. This study aimed to explore parents’ perspectives of the quality of their child’s social engagement in music-play compared to block-play. Nine mothers participated in five, weekly, 45-minute play sessions with their child (male child, n = 5), as part of a multiple case study design. Each play session consisted of two alternating protocols comprising music-play and block..

View full abstract

Grants

Awarded by University of Melbourne under the Early Career Researcher Grant


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by The University of Melbourne under the Early Career Researcher Grant, number [2016-1553549].