Music therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: development and first evaluation of the Papageno Music Therapy Program

Mathieu Pater

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This study has contributed in an innovative way to the further professionalization of music therapy for children and adolescents with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). An unified intervention manual, the Papageno Music Therapy Program (PMTP), was developed based on a literature review and practice research. This was then tested step by step to get indications of effectiveness and active elements. The evidence gathered provides insight into what is happening within music therapy and an initial working model was developed based on this. In addition, it provides clues to the effectiveness of the treatment and shows what the use of music therapy can do for an individual child. Most children show a favorable development in the area of social behavior when the PMTP is offered. Through the use of multiple informants, we saw a great involvement of the observers around the children. Therefore, the study serves as a good starting point to develop more parental involvement in a form of therapy such as music therapy. The use of multiple observers allowed us to see that the acquired skills observed in music therapy were also observed in situations outside the therapeutic context. The latter tells us something about generalizing the learned skills which is often difficult for someone with ASD. The PMTP is ready to be further applied in practice on the basis of which the module can be further substantiated and researched.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Groningen
  • van Yperen, Tom, Supervisor
  • Spreen, M., Co-supervisor, External person
Award date10-Mar-2022
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs978-94-6458-021-1
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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