Ecological approaches to music therapy and autism
Working with the family and community systems
Join Dr Grace Thompson as she outlines ecological approaches to working with children with autism and their families.
Describing ecologically oriented theories, social communication development, useful tools for engaging with parents and the use of her new 'Music in Everyday Life' assessment tool developed in conjunction with Dr Tali Gottfried.
This is an evidence-based and reflective look at how we provide family-centered programs for children with autism.
Dr Grace Thompson is a music therapist and Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. Grace has worked with children, young people and families for over 20 years within the early childhood intervention and special education sector. As part of her PhD research, Grace developed and evaluated a collaborative approach to music therapy practice with families guided by ecological theories and family-centred philosophy. Her research continues to explore the ways music therapists can foster relationships and social connection through participating in engaging and accessible music making. Grace is past president of the Australian Music Therapy Association and co-editor of the book “Music Therapy with Families: Therapeutic Approaches and Theoretical Perspectives”. She is currently an Associate Editor with the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy.
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PreviewWelcome, overview and learning outcomes (6:43)
StartIntroduction to the autism spectrum and theories of how to support social communication development (6:52)
StartEcologically oriented theories and a process for music therapy (9:23)
StartAn ecological case study (13:58)
StartUseful tools for engaging with parents: The Music in Everyday Life assessment (6:19)
StartThe Music in Everyday Life assessment: Case example (4:06)
StartSummary & Bonus Content (3:37)
Ecological approaches to music therapy and autism is approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 1 credit. Music Therapy Online [AP-218] maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.