Journal article

"But I want to talk to you!" Perspectives on music therapy practice with highly verbal children on the autism spectrum

Grace Anne Thompson, Cochavit Elefant

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

Abstract

Introduction: This reflective paper offers a perspective on music therapy practice that explores how shared music experiences may provide opportunities for highly verbal children on the autism spectrum to expand their engagement in social play. Methods: Relevant literature from the fields of music therapy, child development, and the neurodiversity movement are discussed alongside the authors’ reflections on their work with children who bring verbal and gestural motifs into music therapy sessions. The case examples highlight moments where the music therapist transformed the child’s verbal and gestural material into interactive music-based games. Results: This paper proposes practice considera..

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