Ecological approaches to music therapy and autism
Working with the family and community systems
Are you working with children with autism?
Are you looking to update your knowledge?
Would you like to learn new skills in assessment, program planning, parent engagement and collaboration?
Then you're in the right place!
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 senior lecturer 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. In her clinical work, Grace developed 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)
Earn 1 CMTE/CPD credit for the tutorial
then up to 3 additional credits if you complete the
Bonus Content Activities
This was such a perfectly timed course that really resonated with where I am currently at in my career. I work in private practice, and the vast majority of my client base have autism. A lot of my clients have fortnightly sessions, or have had funding significantly cut, so I've really needed some inspiration as to how I can continue their progress outside of sessions. Grace's course helped give me a deeper understanding and confidence in trying new strategies that can be easily transferred to home, and continued in between sessions. I've thoroughly enjoyed including families in my sessions more too, and I can see in them that they are really enjoying this time with their child too. This was a very practical course that I would definitely recommend to anyone working within this specialisation. Grace delivers it in such a gentle, knowledgeable and easy to understand manner that it's a pleasure to listen to. It's definitely one that I will keep revisiting! - Georgina Kittel, RMT
Frequently Asked Questions
For music therapists from the US & Canada this tutorial covers the following CBMT Board Certified Domains:
I. Referral, Assessment and Treatment Planning. B. Assessment. Item - 2, 3( d), 4 (b, e, h, l),. C. Interpret Assessment Information and Communicate Results. Item 3 & 5. D. Treatment Planning. Item - 1, 2 (a, b, c), 8, 10.
II. Treatment, Implementation & Termination. A. Implementation. Item - 1 (a, b, c, d, e, f, h), 2 (b, d, f, g, h, i, k, m, o, w, aa ac, ag, ak, ap, aq, av, ax, ba, bb, bd), 3 (d, f), 4 (d), 5 (a, b, e, f, g, h, i.1, q, r, s, t, u, w, x, z).
III. Ongoing Documentation and Evaluation of Treatments. A. Documentation - Item 1 & 2.. B. Evaluation - Item 8 & 9.
IV. Professional Development and Responsibilities. A. Professional Development - Item 2 & 3. B. Professional Responsibilities - Item 4 & 14.
Submit your attendance certificate and the completed bonus content activities to CBMT as non-approved self-study.