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January 2022

Theophilus Attah - a case study

Journal/Book: British Journal of Music Therapy. 1985; 16: Herfortshire, UK. British Society for Music Therapy 69 Avondale Avenue East Barnet EN4 8NB Hertfordshire UK. 2-9.

Abstract: Experiments in music therapy to enable an autistic boy to learn to speak. He has not spoken since the age of 2, though he is of normal I.Q. (on the dull side). The ingenuity of the music therapists leads them to discover that Theo likes to have someone sing in his ear. The violin is the obvious next step. Another problem is body-awareness. With patience the therapists work on Theo's preferred pitches, speech sounds and body awareness, using various instruments and sounds, always following the expression of delight in Theo's face.

Keyword(s): autistic-child, autism, violin, autoharp, pitch, speech, body-awareness, vibration, wooden-flute.


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