Music therapy and autism: Different perspectives around the globe

Elizabeth Coombes, Gustavo Gattino, Emma Maclean, Daphne Rickson

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Music therapy for autistic people has undergone several transformations over the years. This is one of the areas with the most publications in music therapy and one which arouses the interest of a good part of the community of music therapists. There are different perspectives on how a music therapist may carry out clinical practice with autistic clients in music therapy. These different understandings directly affect the clinical practice, as well as research and music therapy education in this area of practice. This roundtable aims to present different perspectives from within the field of music therapy and autism.
Music therapists and service users from different regions of the world will share their experiences in practice, education and research in music therapy using the paradigm of neurodiversity. It is hoped that by drawing together people with a range of experiences from worldwide perspectives key concepts and future developments for our profession can be part of an emerging discourse. This discourse may disturb current narratives and offer different perspectives that will continue to inform and influence future positions on clinical work with autistic people.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2022
EventThe 12th European Music Therapy Conference: Music Therapy in Progress: Please Disturb - Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jun 202212 Jun 2022


ConferenceThe 12th European Music Therapy Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Music Therapy
  • Autism
  • Global


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