Speech and language impairments are one of the most challenging features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Children with ASD are also kwn to be particularly responsive to music. This book makes a valuable connection between the two traits to showcase music as an effective way of enhancing the speech and language skills of children with ASD. This is a comprehensive guide to Dr. Hayoung Lim's highly effective approach of using music in speech-language training for children ASD. Part I provides a sound theoretical foundation and employs the most up-to-date research, including the author's own extensive study, to validate the use of music in speech and language training for children with ASD. Part II analyzes the clinical implications of Developmental Speech- Language Training through Music (DSLM) protocols and explains in detail specific interventions that can be used with the approach. The practical application of DSLM to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Verbal Behavior (VB) approaches is also explored. This is essential reading for music therapists, speech and language pathologists and other professionals working with children with autism, as well as researchers and academics in the field.
Dr. Hayoung Lim is Assistant Professor of Music Therapy and Director of Graduate Studies in Music Therapy at Sam Houston State University, Texas. She has a PhD in music education with an emphasis on music therapy, from the University of Miami, Florida. She has worked as a music therapist in a number of hospitals, schools and organizations with a diverse range of clients including individuals with mental illnesses, developmental disorders, medical problems, neurologic impairments and dementia. Her research focuses on the effect of music on children with ASD and the effect of musical experiences on cognition, speech and language, and physical rehabilitation. She is also a concert cellist and lives in The Woodlands, Texas with her husband and son.