ERIC Number: EJ921994
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
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Using Percussion to Improve Attention-to-Tasks in Children with Autism
Guzic, Brenda L.; Tonkin, Kent; Roberts, Jay B.; Demuth, Barbara R.
Exceptional Parent, v41 n3 p18-20 Mar 2011
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person's lifetime. Autism does not discriminate; it occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls. It can impair a person's ability to communicate and relate to others, and symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe. As a result of these dramatic increases, the ASD treatment field is rapidly evolving and there is a need for expanded and improved treatment options. Ways need to be found to assist individuals with ASD to communicate and control their environments for the purpose of improving their quality of life. In response to these needs, the Saint Francis University (SFU) Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas (CERMUSA) and the SFU Fine Arts and Occupational Therapy Departments collaborated with Camco Physical and Occupational Therapy, LLC, a provider of contract rehabilitation services in Western Pennsylvania. Through this collaboration, rural occupational therapy practitioners (OTs) were trained, using live interactive video teleconferencing, on how to use percussion instruments and rhythm in the therapy of children with ASD. Techniques learned were then implemented by the OTs in schools across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in an effort to improve attention-to-tasks (length of time during which a person can concentrate on a subject or idea) behaviors in children with ASD. CERMUSA chose to pursue this avenue of study based upon documented research and clinical outcomes of the positive effects of percussion on a variety of clinical, psychological, and social disorders.
Descriptors: Autism, Occupational Therapy, Interactive Video, Attention Span, Time on Task, Musical Instruments, Music, Music Activities, Rehabilitation, Professional Training, Music Therapy, Educational Technology, Rural Areas, Distance Education
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania