Music Improves Behaviour and Brain Connectivity in Autism

Facilitated by Melissa Tan, MA, MTA, NMT, BMus. Saturday April 13th, 2019 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Abaton Integrative Medicine Oakville, ON

In this workshop, Melissa will present some of the findings of a recent research project: “Music improves behaviour and brain connectivity in autism”. This was done in collaboration with the Auditory Brain and Cognitive Development Lab, Université de Montréal, and McGill University. Melissa was the music therapist on the research team that conducted both music interventions and non-music control inventions. There were 51 participants between 6-12 years old who received 8-12 weeks of music (n=26) or non-music intervention (n=25). The study provides information on the effects of music interventions on social communication and functional brain connectivity.

Learning Objectives: 
1. A brief introduction to Autism and its link with Music and its effects on the Brain
2. To understand the benefits of musical interventions for social communication, especially with the ASD population
3. To be able to implement musical interventions with various client groups whose therapeutic goals are within social communication aims
4. To understand the value of integrating research with clinical work to provide support for use of music therapy for autism as an evidence-based practice

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