Music in everyday life by parents with their children with autism

Tali Gottfried, Grace Thompson, John Carpente, Gustavo Gattino

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Background: Music therapy has a long history in working with children with autism in both traditional settings and those which include working with the parents. Recent studies show
that music therapy programs aimed at supporting parent–child interaction have resulted in significant gains in social communication skills of children with autism, and improved parental competency perception. However, little is known about the amount or type of musical play that parents engage in with their child with autism, or whether parents use
music as a facilitator in certain daily situations.
Objective: The Music in Everyday Life (MEL) assessment, developed by Gottfried and Thompson, was confirmed with evidences of validity to assess the use of music in everyday
life by parents with their children with autism, and was used within a large multisite research project (TIME-A) in four countries.
Discussion: This round table brings together four expert clinicians and researchers from four countries, who will present the research and clinical applications of the MEL assessment, focusing on Music-Oriented Counselling, Family-centred MT, MT-based DIR parent coaching, and using musical-play in parent counselling.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordic Journal of Music Therapy
Issue numbersup1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event10th European Music Therapy Conference: A Symphony of Dialogues - the University of Music and Performing Arts, Wien, Austria
Duration: 5 Jul 20169 Jul 2016
Conference number: 10


Conference10th European Music Therapy Conference
Locationthe University of Music and Performing Arts
Internet address


  • music in everyday life
  • autism
  • parents
  • parent–child interaction


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