Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Developing Potential in Young Children
and their Families
Edited by Petra Kern and Marcia Humpal
Foreword by David Aldridge
304 pp • ISBN 978-1-84905-241-2 • Paperback • $39.95
“This book provides a resource of music therapy interventions firmly based in evidence from both research and practice. We now have a platform from which we can all develop further.”
—From the foreword by David Aldridge
This book presents a comprehensive overview of current research and music therapy practice for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families. Topics include an overview of recent developments in ASD, specific implications of evidence-based practice, and a newly conducted meta-analysis providing evidence that music therapy is an effective treatment option for young children with ASD. Subsequent chapters cover assessment, goals and treatment approaches such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Social Stories™, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, and the DIR®/Floortime™ Model as well as instructional strategies and techniques used in music therapy practice. The authors discuss collaboration and consultation with interdisciplinary team members, including early childhood educators, speech-language pathologists, and occupational therapists. Family-centered practice, how to integrate music into home routines and insights from music therapists who are parents of children with ASD enrich this work. Case scenarios, examples, checklists, charts, tip sheets, music scores, online and other resources, plus an annotated bibliography complete the book.
Petra Kern, Ph.D., MT-DMtG, MT-BC, MTA, owner of Music Therapy Consulting, has a clinical and research focus on young children with autism spectrum disorders, inclusion, and staff training. She is recipient of the AMTA 2008 Research/Publications Award, editor of imagine, and author of numerous publications. A former scholar at UNC at Chapel Hill, Dr. Kern has taught at the University of Windsor and SUNY New Paltz, and currently teaches at Marylhurst University and the University of Louisville. She serves as the immediate Past President of the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT), on various editorial boards, and is a frequent international speaker and guest University lecturer. Petra lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Marcia Humpal, M.Ed., MT-BC operates a small private practice in the Cleveland, OH area. Her clinical work focuses on early intervention and inclusion. She was a member of the advisory panel for Sesame Street’s Music Works Wonders project, and has published and presented widely. A past Vice-President of AMTA, she co-chairs AMTA’s Strategic Priority on Music Therapy and ASD Workgroup and serves on the editorial team of imagine. She received the AMTA Award of Merit in 2004. Marcia lives near Cleveland, OH in Olmsted Falls.
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