Music making for social communication goals
Creating music therapy activities that focus on social engagement for children with autism
If you're working with children then you understand the important role of play in social communication skills.
Play is how we learn about the world and connect with others. For children with autism this can be difficult. Join us to learn how you can use music-based interventions to promote social communication for children with autism.
Dividing social communication goals into the 3 key areas of joint attention, turn taking and adjusting to coordinate with others, Bronte Arns describes what these skills are and why they are important in the development of social relationships.
The tutorial delves deeply into each of the 3 skill areas, dividing them into passive, coordinated, and initiating levels of competency. This detailed description of goal areas provides you with a clear, sequential method to assess and evaluate your clients social communication skills. Neuroaffirming language and a description of the clear progression of these 3 key skills makes it easy for you to write respectful and relevant goals for your clients.
Bronte illustrates the application of these social communication skills with several music and play based activity ideas with video examples. Bronte also includes suggestions to extend and adapt each of these activities. The examples provided are practical and easily integrated into your clinical work.
This tutorial includes extra resources for you to further develop your skills and the tutorial closes with a summary and 3 optional bonus content activities to extend your learning and earn you extra CMTE/CPD credits.
Bronte Arns is the National Director of Music Therapy for Giant Steps Australia, schools for students on the Autism Spectrum. Her area of specialty is the role of music therapists in transdisciplinary teams, and mentoring therapists in working collaboratively with professionals from other disciplines. Bronte is interested in the power of well-crafted and well-delivered music experiences focused on social learning for students of all abilities. She loves that there is always more to learn about the role of music for deepening relationships and targeting goals around social capabilities.
Earn 4+ CMTE/CPD credits quickly and easily by watching
the tutorial and completing the bonus content activities!
Preview1. Introduction, overview and learning outcomes (5:35)
Start2. Why play? Why is play important to our learning? (1:57)
Start3. Joint attention: goals, video and intervention ideas (9:42)
Start4. Turn taking: goals, video and intervention ideas (11:37)
Start5. Adjusting to coordinate with others: goals, video and intervention ideas (10:40)
Start6. Summary, bonus content & extra resources (2:29)
StartSocial communication goal areas - Summary
StartOpen Access Article - Music therapy teaming and learning: How transdisciplinary experience shapes practice in a specialist school for students with autism Bronte Arns, Grace A. Thompson
StartThe Autism Hub - professional learning and online articles
StartSocial communication activity - Bingo! One song, so many ways to use it!