USW Music Therapy and Autism Conference

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We organised a successful conference for over seventy delegates in November 2019 at USW Newport City Campus on the topic of Music Therapy and Autism. Delegates included local and national students, as well as a range of practitioners from music therapy, early years, education and the wider therapeutic professions.

The blurb and programme was as follows:

"Speakers will draw from resonant fields of music psychology, critical disability studies and transdisciplinary working to provide a range of lenses for reflecting upon and understanding practice. This rich, diverse programme offers opportunities for training and qualified music therapists, other arts therapists, teachers, early years practitioners, counsellors and other practitioners with a range of research and practice interests to engage in meaningful dialogue about music therapy and autism.

The day will be chaired and the discussions led by Elizabeth Coombes (Music Therapist, Course Leader, PhD Researcher).

The programme includes:

• Dr. Neta Spiro (Research Fellow, Royal College of Music and Honorary Research Fellow, Imperial College London): Scaling up and scaling down: Perspectives on outcome measurement in research with children with autism.
• Beth Pickard (Music Therapist, Senior Lecturer, PhD Researcher): Autism Diagnosis or Neurodivergent Identity?
• Tina Warnock (Belltree Music Therapy CIC): How Non-Verbal Voicework in Music Therapy can Support Intersubjective Relatedness for Children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.
• Emma Maclean (Music Therapist, NHS Lothian; Lecturer, Queen Margaret University) and Claire Tillotson (Freelance Music Therapist): How do Music Therapists Share? Exploring Collaborative Approaches in Educational Settings for Children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.
• USW Students and Graduates, Poster Presentations sponsored by Jessica Kingsley Publishers"
Period16 Nov 2019
Event typeConference
LocationNewport, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • autism
  • music therapy
  • neurodiversity
  • research
  • evidence based