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This module will review musical strategies for encouraging skill development for individuals on the autism spectrum. Information regarding indications and contraindications for using music in a recreational or academic setting will be reviewed, as well as signs for when to refer an individual to a music therapist. Practical applications for social skill development will be provided as a goal for autistic individuals, due to its appropriateness in a non-music therapy setting, abundance of strategies that enable a non-musician to facilitate, and prevalence.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 27 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $15 certficate

Objective 1: Identify neurological, psychological, and social effects of music intervention.

Objective 2: Identify adaptations for musical experiences for different learners, age, cultures, sensory needs, and preferences.

Objective 3: Identify signs to refer an individual to a music therapist.

Objective 4: Identify strategies to assist autistic individuals with learning and practicing skills, including self-regulation, motor skills, and social skills/engagement.

Module Authors

Alexandra Wilson, MT-BC

Alexandra Wilson is a board-certified music therapist specializing in community music therapy in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a wide breath of experience working with individuals with disabilities throughout the lifespan, primarily in group settings. Diversity and inclusion are central to her work, and her research “Music Therapy Students’ Preparedness and Training to Work with LGBT Clients”, was published in an academic journal in 2017. She also has managed home and personal care services for individuals with disabilities through LADD Inc.’s smart living pilot, utilizing assistive technology and remote supports to increase independence and decrease cost of services.

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