Observation Analysis Of All About That Base By Meagan Tranior

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In the fall of 2014, I observed a child who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder; he was around the age of 13. This young boy was non-verbal but used a picture book to communicate his needs and wants with those around him. I used to work at a facility for children with special needs, and after several shifts, had begun to enjoy my time with this little dude. When I entered the facility for my shift one day I noticed how reserved and standoffish he was. I soon realized why, The Avengers was on because one of the kids had been very adamant about watching it. The way the speaker system worked is that there was only one set of speakers for both the TV and the radio. So unfortunately for the young fellow he had to wait his turn to rock …show more content…
So I patiently waited for the movie to end, so I could quickly switch on the radio to get this young boy to engage with me and the other staff. The minute he heard the beat of All About That Base by Meagan Tranior he was bobbing his head to the music and smiling. He started to engage with those around him, he finally moved from his position that he had been in for the past two hours and started to walk around the room. He cooperated with staff when asked to participate in activities like brushing his teeth and bringing his plate to the kitchen. He smiled more, giggled and even tried to play practical jokes on staff. The involvement of music played a key role making his day a positive …show more content…
LaGasse took seventeen students from ages six to nine and put them into two groups. One group of children had music therapy, and the other group was in a non-music social skills group. Over the course of 5 weeks the children had ten 50-minute sessions in their groups. The goal of the sessions was to examine the effects of music therapy when it comes to targeting social skills in children with ASD. The way LaGasse evaluated the children’s progress was through video analysis, The Social Responsiveness Scale, and the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist. The difference in the two groups was significant for joint attention with peers and eye gaze towards persons, participants in the music group showcased greater improvement. However, there was no significant difference between the two groups for initiation of communication, response to communication, or social withdrawal/behaviors. LaGasse suggest that this study supports further research on the use of music therapy for social skills for children with ASD (LaGasse,

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