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Effect of a combined dance/movement and music therapy on young adults diagnosed with severe autism
University of Malaga, Spain.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5733-7198
Universidad de Malaga, Malaga, Spain.
2013 (English)In: The arts in psychotherapy, ISSN 0197-4556, E-ISSN 1873-5878, Vol. 40, no 5, p. 465-472Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Current literature is scarce on the potential effects of combined dance/movement and music therapy on adults diagnosed with severe autism, particularly in distinguishing these effects on different areas of psychopathological disorders. We set two goals: first, to assess the effectiveness based on the score the participants obtained from the Revised Clinical Scale for the Evaluation of Autistic Behavior (ECA-R) after a series of dance/movement and music therapeutic procedures on adults with severe autism; second, to contrast the differences in effectiveness in concrete areas defined by subscales of the ECA-R, especially in its defined 2 factors and 12 functions. An overall of 36 one-hour sessions were carried out during 17 weeks on a sample of 8 participants with severe autism (approximately 2 sessions per week). During the treatment 8 measurements were taken (1 every 3 weeks) from this sample and from a control sample, which was also comprised of 8 subjects who were equally monitored at the same care center by two independent psychologists. Our experimental study seems to suggest that combined dance/movement and music therapy could be effective if used regularly for the improvement of autistic symptoms in adults diagnosed with severe autism. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

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Elsevier, 2013. Vol. 40, no 5, p. 465-472
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Dance, Music Therapy, Autism, Functions Disorders, Behavior
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Music Psychiatry Social Sciences Psychology
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Music Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-45468DOI: 10.1016/j.aip.2013.09.004ISI: 000328314900003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84887008054OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-45468DiVA, id: diva2:956297
Available from: 2016-08-29 Created: 2016-08-29 Last updated: 2017-11-21Bibliographically approved

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