In Interactive Music Therapy - A Positive Approach, Amelia Oldfield explains how her approach to music therapy sessions establishes a constructive musical dialogue with children that emphasises positive experiences - these establish trust and allow feelings to be expressed through music.
Describing the general benefits of this approach, the author also details its application for specific clinical groups including children with autistic spectrum disorders, relationship difficulties or physical disabilities. Individual chapters focus specifically on child development issues and in child and brief case studies throughout the text illustrate points of particular importance.
This practical book will be of use to other clinicians and teachers working with children with a variety of needs, including children on the autism spectrum and children with learning disabilities. It is also of use to music therapy trainers, their students and academics whose interests include music therapy.
Amelia Oldfield has over 25 years' experience as a music therapist. She currently works at the Croft Unit for Child and Family Psychiatry and at the Child Development Centre, Addenbrookes. She was the joint initiator of the MA Music Therapy Training at Anglia Polytechnic University, where she is a part time lecturer. She has completed four research investigations and a PhD. She has also produced six music therapy training videos. She is married, has four children and plays clarinet in local chamber music groups.
Contents: Introduction. 1. Characteristics of my Music Therapy Approach. 2. Working with Pre-School Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their Parents: Setting and Case Studies 3. Working with Pre-School Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their Parents: Characteristics of my Approach. 4. Music Therapy with Individual Children with Severe Physical and Mental Difficulties. 5. Music Therapy with Individual Children with No Clear Diagnosis. 6. Music Therapy Groups at the Child Development Centre. 7. Investigation into Music Therapy for Ten Pre-School Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their Parents. Conclusion. Coda. Appendices. References. Indexes.