Developmental Speech & Language Through Music

Music Therapy PBS Shoot-43

Music Therapy PBS Shoot-43 (Photo credit: Inkyhack)

In this episode, I’ll talk with Dr. Lim about the Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) technique, Developmental Speech & Language Through Music (DSLM). She has published the most research on this technique and will talk about how music can help a child with Autism develop speech and language skills.

Dr. Hayoung Lim is Assistant Professor of Music Therapy and Director of Graduate Studies in Music Therapy at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Lim’s clinical background includes working with diverse population including individuals with mental illnesses, developmental disorders, medical problems, neurologic impairments, dementia, hospice, and others. She completed her music therapy internship at Lutheran General Hospital, Park ridge, IL, and worked as a full time music therapist at the Cleveland Music School Settlement.  Dr. Lim also worked as music therapy director at Children’s Health & Education Management, Miami, FL and specialized in music therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition, Dr. Lim has worked as a concert cellist, performing numerous solo recitals and participating in internationally-recognized orchestras in Seoul, Korea and the U.S.

Dr. Lim’s research focuses on the effect of music on children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the effect of musical experiences on cognition, speech/language and physical rehabilitation.  A number of her manuscripts have been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives.  In 2011, Dr. Lim’s book titled “Developmental Speech-language Training through Music for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders” was published by Jessica Kingsley Publisher, London, UK.  Dr. Lim is a board-certified, neurologic music therapist (NMT Fellow) and current member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from the Catholic University of Korea, and master’s degree in both Cello Performance and Music Therapy from the Illinois State University. In 2007, she received her Ph.D. degree in music education with an emphasis on music therapy from the University of Miami. Her dissertation title was “The Effect of Developmental Speech-Language Training through Music in Speech Production in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”