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Music therapy for children with autism and related conditions


07/10/2019 10:00






About this event

Research shows that children with autism respond positively to music. When Nordoff and Robbins founded their music therapy approach in the 1960s, they found that music helped children with autism to develop concentration, self-control and increased social and self-awareness. Although music therapy has significantly extended and developed, this client group remains one of the largest accessing music therapy today.

This workshop will include an introduction to music therapy and will offer you practical skills in relation to using music with children who have autism and related conditions.

Key learning:

  • A theoretical understanding of music therapy, including video examples
  • Why music? The significance and impact of music for children with autism and related conditions
  • Practical skills and confidence to use music as a medium to encourage self-expression and increased participation.

Facilitator bio

Janet McLachlan MA(Hons), PGDipMT (Nordoff-Robbins)
Janet has worked as a music therapist with Nordoff Robbins in Scotland since 2003 in a wide-ranging role including music therapy delivery, training, service development, student supervision and management. She has worked with children and adults with autism throughout this time, and currently provides music therapy to specialist autism centre New Struan School. Her practice experience also encompasses work in the fields of complex additional support needs, neurological conditions, dementia and mental health. Janet has specialised in providing music therapy to children’s hospices over the past 13 years, supporting children with life-limiting illnesses and their families. Janet’s work has been presented widely, including at the International Congress of Palliative Care, the British Association of Music Therapy conference and the Annual National Conference for Specialist Psychiatric Registrars in Learning Disability. She has recently contributed a chapter to the newly published book: Ludwig, A. (ed) (2019) Music Therapy in Children and Young People’s Palliative Care.


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