Considerations and Techniques for Working with People on the Autism Spectrum

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Current research indicates that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have neurological differences that may underlie core characteristics. We will briefly review the evidence in ASD and discuss implications in clinical practice. Music therapy techniques and accommodations will be discussed in terms of how they may impact cognitive, sensorimotor, or speech tasks.

Learner objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify at least three cortical differences that have been found in autism and how these differences would impact functioning (CBMT Scope of Practice I. C. 2. A; IV. A. 2)
  1. Participants will be able to identify at least two techniques for working with persons with ASD. (CBMT Scope of Practice I. A. 5)


About A. Blythe LaGasse, Ph.D., MT-BC

Blythe LaGasse is the owner of Summit Music Therapy Services, a private practice that specializes in online continuing education and services for persons who have autism. She has over 12 years experience providing music therapy services to children. Blythe also the Coordinator of Music Therapy at Colorado State University.