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Music Therapy: Sensory Integration and the Autistic Child

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Music Therapy, Sensory Integration and the Autistic Child
By Dorita Berger, MA MT-BC

A new and fascinating look at music therapy from a physiologic perspective. This book looks at the ways in which music therapy is used with autism, and evaluates why it is such an effectivemodality. For professionals, parents, caretakers, educators, and researchers working with populations diagnosed on the autistic spectrum and other populations dealing with learning and language delays, physical and sensory issues, and psychosocialaspects of adaptation. Placing particular emphasis upon sensory integration, the author discusses contributing factors to the behaviors of people on the autism spectrum. Details the human physiologic function, the brain, information processing,functional adaptation, and how that might be affected by music interventions. Also looks at each of the elements of music and its contribution to the overall adaptive response of the individual. Through the use of case studies, this book presentsthe latest approaches in music therapy that are enabling children with autism spectrum conditions to better cope with sensory integration.

Contents

Foreward

Preface

1  Introduction: Who Defines "Appropriate"?

2  Aspects of Autism

3  Aspects of Sensory Integration

4  Functional Adaptation Defined

5  Understanding Basic Sensory Systems

6  Are You Listening?

    Part one: About Hearing and Listening

7  Are You Listening?

    Part Two: Dimensional Hearing and Erroneous Assumptions

8  Elements of Music for Sensory Adaptaion

9   Music Therapy in the Realm of Sensory Integration

10  Formulating Music Therapy Treatment for Sensory Adaptation Goals

11  Conclusion

Appendix A  The Role of Music in Physiologic Accommodation

                     by Daniel J. Schneck and Dorita S. Berger

Appendix B  Sample Assessments and Progress Reports

Bibliography

Index

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