Resources for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Using Improvisational Music and Dance Movement Therapy Techniques
Area of Honors:
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Bachelor of Science
Krista M Wilkinson, Thesis Supervisor Carol Anne Miller, Honors Advisor
Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD Improvisational Music Therapy Dance Movement Therapy Joint Attention Turn-taking Eye gaze Imitation Activities
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may experience difficulties maintaining eye gaze/contact, initiating joint attention, engaging in turn-taking, and participating in verbal and nonverbal communications. This thesis will evaluate literature that suggests that Improvisational Music Therapy (IMT) and Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) techniques may offer beneficial effects on these behaviors for individuals with ASD. This paper will review research on the effects of IMT and DMT on individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition, the paper will provide a set of resources to serve as a general guide for SLP as a context for providing treatment. The resources will focus on providing interactive activities that promote communication through the use of music and movement.