Music-assisted language intervention for autistic children
Approximately a third of children with autism do not develop functional speech and remain minimally verbal even after years of speech, language and educational interventions. The EU-funded MAP project aims to develop and test whether individualised, easily used music-assisted programmes (MAP) would increase spoken language in autistic children with no or few words. This will include a structured training procedure to teach language through songs using interactive activities in naturalistic settings. The efficacy of MAP will be evaluated using a feasibility randomised controlled trial, by comparing MAP with treatment as usual. An app will also be developed for parents to play MAP songs at home. The project could lead to further improvements in language acquisition of autistic individuals.
Funding SchemeERC-POC - Proof of Concept Grant
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