Music Therapy Toolbox: Autism- Moving from Isolation to Interaction


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Autism Toolbox
Moving from Isolation to Interaction
by Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC
26 page workbook and links to audio discussion
Option of 10 approved CMTE credits
© 2014 ISBN 978-0-9617272-7-7

The Autism Toolbox: Moving from Isolation to Interaction explores basic music therapy principles, interventions, techniques, and strategies that have proven effective in making connections with individuals diagnosed on the spectrum of autism and in helping maximize their potential and enhance their quality of life. By addressing challenging issues related to communication, restrictive behaviors, and social interaction often encountered in music therapy, this professional self-study e-course provides guidelines for music therapists to develop effective strategies that help individuals with autism move along a continuum from isolation to interaction. The Autism Toolbox includes a workbook, a comprehensive list of resources, and links to a detailed audio discussion of each chapter. The professional self-study course also includes the option for earning 10 CMTE credits approved by CBMT for just $6.00 per CMTE hour.

 Introduction of the Continuum Approach to Autism
 Continuum 1- Proximity to Others
 Continuum 2- Participation in Group Activity
 Continuum 3- Personal Interaction with Others
 Continuum 4- Effective Method of Communicating
 Continuum 5- Ability to Deal with Frustration
 Continuum 6- More Appropriate Routines
 Continuum 7- Tolerance for Transition/ Change
 Continuum 8- Functional/ Self-help Skills
 Closing Thoughts
 Resources and CMTE Credit Information
 Planning Guides for Music Therapy Interventions

Learning Objectives for the Autism Toolbox:
(1) Course participants will learn principles for obtaining data and interpreting the assessment information for individuals with autism (CBMT Scope of Practice 2010: I. Assessment and Treatment Planning, A. Assessment 1-15, B. Interpret Assessment Information and Communicate Results 1-5, C. Treatment Planning 1-16).
(2) Course participants will learn to develop treatment strategies and structure treatment that meets the needs of individuals with autism (CBMT Scope of Practice 2010: C. Treatment Planning 1-16).
(3) Course participants will learn to implement effective interventions and music therapy strategies effective for individuals with autism (CBMT Scope of Practice 2010: II. Treatment Implementation and Termination, A. Implementation 1-5, B. Safety 1-6).

Statement of relationship to CBMT:
The Autism Toolbox is approved by the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT) for 10 Continuing Music Therapy Education credits (CMTE). Credits awarded by CBMT are accepted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Music Works Publications, S-001, maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. See the CMTE Information section of the Autism Toolbox workbook for details.


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