Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association

Perspectives: A Publication of the early Childhood Music and Movement Association


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    Author Angela Barker


    Current Research for Early Childhood Music and Movement Educators

    Simpson, K., & Keen, D. (2010). Teaching young children with autism graphic symbols embedded within an interactive song. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 22, 165–177. doi: 10.1007/s10882-009-9173-5

    Music can be an effective motivator and stimulator for learners with autism, but little is known about “the use of music as a teaching context for communication” (p. 165).  Often, children with autism have difficulty generalizing or transferring skills learned from one context to another and maintaining those skills over time.  In this report, three 3- to 4-year-old boys, each diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, were taught to match pictures of animals with animal names embedded in an interactive song, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”  After their initial training, the children were asked to correctly identify the animal pictures, with and without the music,…

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