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2013

Australian Catholic University

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Special Education and Teaching

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The Use Of Musical Elements To Influence The Learning Of Receptive Communication Skills In Children With Autism, Kathryn Mary Simpson Oct 2013

The Use Of Musical Elements To Influence The Learning Of Receptive Communication Skills In Children With Autism, Kathryn Mary Simpson

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Individuals with autism demonstrate impairments in the area of communication, with many lingering in the prelinguistic stage of communicative development. Early intervention implementing evidence based practices is recommended. Current research indicates interventions for individuals in this stage of development have focused primarily on facilitating expressive communicative skills, with little research investigating interventions to facilitate receptive communicative skills. In typically developing infants, the prosodic and repetitive characteristics of speech and song directed to infants are viewed as features of the prelinguistic language environment associated with communication development. While there is a correlation between attending to infant-directed speech and language outcomes in ...