Songwriting via Skype: An on-line music therapy intervention to enhance social skills in an adolescent diagnosed with Aspergers

Baker, Felicity and Krout, Robert (2009) Songwriting via Skype: An on-line music therapy intervention to enhance social skills in an adolescent diagnosed with Aspergers. British Journal of Music Therapy, 23 2: 3-14.

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Author Baker, Felicity
Krout, Robert
Title Songwriting via Skype: An on-line music therapy intervention to enhance social skills in an adolescent diagnosed with Aspergers
Journal name British Journal of Music Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-4575
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 23
Issue 2
Start page 3
End page 14
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher British Society for Music Therapy
Language eng
Abstract The provision of therapy to clients is gaining strong recognition as effective in medicine, psychiatry, and other allied health fields. However, music therapists are yet to engage with this therapy context. Working with an adolescent with Asperger's Syndrome, we trialled an online songwriting intervention via video conferencing software (in this case Skype Ltd) and compared the adolescent's participation with participation in a face-to-face context. A microanalysis of video footage combined with interview reflections form the treating therapist and adolescent were analysed to build a picture of engagement and skills in social interaction. Our investigation showed that the adolescent was highly engaged in the Skype session, offered more eye contact, was more creative in his lyric creations and was more confident to offer disagreeing statements. Further trials using online approaches are needed to ensure that music therapy approaches are aligning with practices occurring in other health disciplines and that therapy services can be accessed by those unable to attend music therapy clinics.
Keyword Asperger's Syndrome
Telehealth
Music therapy
Songwriting
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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