Over the past decade, there has been increasing research on different aspects of Autism Spectrum DIsorders. For example, Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience just released an issue completely dedicated to sensorimotor differences in ASD. For this MTRB post we will take a brief look at some of the core articles in this issue. Continue reading
In the process of writing a grant application for a music therapy research project focused on ASD, I have been reading a lot of current research. Something that has been more prevalent in the research over the past two years is a consideration of sensory needs in ASD (see Kwakye et al., 2011 or Marco et al., 2011 to read about sensory and autism). Within this literature I found two articles investigating sensory supports for children with ASD. Continue reading
A recent article challenges us to take a different look at autism – to consider that the typical approach may not be the only or the most effective approach in treating children who have an ASD. This week we’ll consider this perspective and look at a few non-music research studies that challenge how we typically think of ASD. Continue reading
Keeping up with the non-MT research in any population can be a challenge of its own. Here is a snapshot of three studies in the non-mt research that may be of interest to MTs. Continue reading
This edition of the MTRB features three research posters presented at the 2010 AMTA conference in Cleveland, Ohio with the specific focus of music therapy and children with autism spectrum disorder. Continue reading
Two interviews with research award winners at the AMTA 2010 Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. We taped several interviews in November and feature Dr. Debra Burns from Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis and the IU Cancer Center won the AMTA Research and Publications Award. MTRB’s own Dr. Blythe LaGasse won the Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Award and is the interviewee!
Most of the research on children with autism is focused on their social skills and emotional awareness. Although these are major need areas for children with autism, these skills aren’t the only skills that come up as “needs” in the assessment. The ability to attend, follow-though with an exercise, and inhibit behaviors are also areas of need; however, there is less representation of these skills in the research literature. Today, MTRB will take a look at a review of literature on attention in autism and generalize this information into the music therapy clinic. Continue reading