Neurologic Strategies for Speech & Language for Individuals with Autism and Other Special Needs (6 credits)

Self-study -Fill your music therapy toolbox with this class! Learn practical tools and strategies for working with children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental delays. 6  CMTEs,  5.25 LCAT hours

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$55.00 / month for 3 month

Join us in this class and you will leave having added practical tools and strategies for speech and language to your “tool belt” for your work with children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental delays.

with Julie Guy, M.M. MT-BC, and Angela Neve, M.M. MT-BC

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Self-study – you can take it in your own time frame.


The first portion of the CMTE (called “Building the Toolbox”) will focus on pertinent music therapy and neuroscience research as related to speech and language skills. The remainder of the CMTE will be devoted to “Building the Tools” through:

1. In Harmony: a Music Learning Hierarchy for Developmental Speech and Language

2. Neurologic Music Strategies for Developmental Speech and Language

Participants will experience live demonstration, as well as watch video examples and discussions,. You will have the opportunity to develop interventions and submit them to the presenters for feedback.  Related assessment of client’s speech and language skills will be discussed in addition to documenting progress. Incorporating technology and suggestions for accommodations will be given.

It is highly recommended that you have completed the NMT training prior to attending this institute and are familiar with technique acronyms. While brief overviews of techniques may be given, there is not sufficient time within this institute to train participants on each technique.

Learning Objectives:

1.   Participants will be able to list at least 2 relevant non-musical assessments related to speech.

2.     Participants will be able to describe how a music therapy hierarchy can be utilized to achieve therapeutic goals and facilitate transfer or generalization of information into everyday life.

3.     Participants will be able to describe at least 2 interventions that can be implemented to target development of speech, oral motor control, pragmatics of speech, social skills, or verbal/ nonverbal communication.

4.     Participants will be able to discuss how the neuroscience model and treatment approach informs clinical practice related to speech and language.


Section 1 (90 minutes) 

Building the Toolbox: Music and Neuroscience Research (as related to speech and language)

   Interactive icebreaker, case examples, lecture, small group experiences, lecture and large  

   group discussion

Section 2 (50 minutes)

Building the Tools: In Harmony Learning Hierarchy for Teaching Speech, Language & Social Skills

  • live demonstration/video examples
  • hands-on experiences
  • discussion

Section 3 (70 minutes) 

Building the Tools: Neurologic Music Strategies for Developmental Speech and Language

  •  live demonstration/video examples
  •  hands-on experiences
  •  discussion

 10 minutes for wrapping it up and take-aways

Complete and Submit Assignment  on your own (90 minutes)


CBMT Domains: 

(II.A.7) Select musical and/or non-musical assessment tools and procedures to reflect purpose of assessment.

(III.A.5.v) Facilitate generalization of therapeutic progress into everyday life.

(III.A.2.t,cc,ii,fff,aaa,fff) Provide music therapy experiences to address client’s: (t) enunciation and vocal production; (cc) language skills; (ii) oral motor control; (fff) development of speech; (aaa) social skills and interactions; (fff) verbal and nonverbal communication.

(III.A.3.f) Recognize how neuroscience informs music therapy practice

(III.A.4.i) Recognize how neurological approaches inform clinical practice


Neurologic Strategies for Speech &  Language for Individuals with Autism and Other Special Needs is  approved by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) for 6 CMTEs-Continuing Music Therapy Education credits. The Spiegel Academy, CBMT Approved Provider #P-106,  maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria.


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