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Music Education for Children with Autism Spectrum DisorderA Resource for Teachers$
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Sheila Scott

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190606336

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190606336.001.0001

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Songs and Singing

Songs and Singing

(p.63) 3 Songs and Singing
Music Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Sheila J. Scott

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 begins with a review of research that profiles pitch perception for memory, discrimination, and reproduction in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), followed by an examination of research that supports songs and singing to assist individuals with ASD acquire language. Echoalia (a prominent feature of speech in many individuals with ASD) is profiled here to help teachers understand how individuals with ASD use language to mediate educational environments. Readers are then provided with practical background about choosing song literature and leading group singing experiences, followed by a series of practical teaching interventions that assist teachers in engaging students with ASD through songs and singing. The chapter closes with information on how teachers may use picture books that portray songs in their interactions with children on the autism spectrum as well as how to choose these books for use in educational settings.

Keywords:   Autism spectrum disorder, Pitch discrimination, Language acquisition, Verbal ability, Picture book

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