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Adapted melodic intonation therapy: a case study of an experimental language program for an autistic child

Author(s): Toca, J. M.

Journal/Book: J Clin Psychiatry. 1979; 40: 201-3.

Abstract: In order to develop a useful communication system, a 3-year-old, non- verbal autistic boy was treated for 1 year with a Simultaneous Communication method involving signed and verbal language. As this procedure proved not useful in this case, an adaptation of Melodic Intonation Therapy (signing plus an intoned rather than spoken verbal stimulus) was tried. With this experimental language treatment, the patient produced trained, imitative and, finally, spontaneous intoned verbalizations which generalized to a variety of situations.

Keyword(s): Autistic Disorder/therapy. Case Report. Child, Preschool. Human. Language Disorders/therapy. Male. Music Therapy/methods. Sign Language. Speech Therapy/methods

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