First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Danielle ProvenzanoFollow

Mentor/s

Dr. Brent Little and Dr. Alicja Stannard

Participation Type

Paper Talk

Abstract

Impact of music therapy on communication in children with ASD:

Music therapy is a clinical intervention that helps improve verbal and nonverbal communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) Important aspects of communication for children at a young age include early vocalizations, prelinguistic communication skills, joint attention and eye contact. Children with ASD often struggle with these aspects of communication at a young age, which may cause difficulty in developing language as they grow older. Children with ASD are more attentive to auditory stimuli so they often feel more connected to music and can understand language more efficiently through music. Music and language have overlapping characteristics such as tempo and pitch, which is why music is very effective intervention for improving language skills in children with ASD. There are many different approaches to music therapy for children with ASD, each using music, melody, pitch and rhythm to activate different parts of the brain to work on the child’s developmental communication skills.

College and Major available

Health Science

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

HN300: Honors Capstone Dr. Little and Dr. Stannard

Location

Digital Commons

Start Day/Time

4-24-2020 2:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-24-2020 4:00 PM

Students' Information

Danielle Provenzano; Health science: public health major with a minor in speech-language pathology; honors student; year of graduation 2021

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Music Therapy for Communication in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Impact of music therapy on communication in children with ASD:

Music therapy is a clinical intervention that helps improve verbal and nonverbal communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) Important aspects of communication for children at a young age include early vocalizations, prelinguistic communication skills, joint attention and eye contact. Children with ASD often struggle with these aspects of communication at a young age, which may cause difficulty in developing language as they grow older. Children with ASD are more attentive to auditory stimuli so they often feel more connected to music and can understand language more efficiently through music. Music and language have overlapping characteristics such as tempo and pitch, which is why music is very effective intervention for improving language skills in children with ASD. There are many different approaches to music therapy for children with ASD, each using music, melody, pitch and rhythm to activate different parts of the brain to work on the child’s developmental communication skills.

 

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