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An Explorative Study Examining Augmentative and Alternative Communication Training in the Field of Music Therapy.

Abstract

Background

Music therapists work with many people who require Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). As communication goals are central to music therapy practice, many music therapists would benefit from training in AAC.

Objective

The purpose of this survey study was to determine the state of AAC education for music therapists at the university level, how AAC is being used in music therapy sessions, and how practicing music therapists are trained in AAC.

Methods

Music therapy faculty and credentialed music therapists in North America and Europe were invited to complete an online survey. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze survey data from each group of respondents.

Results

With regard to training in AAC at the university level, results indicate that almost half of music therapy faculty (44.66%) provided some training. The primary reason given for not providing training was a lack of educator knowledge in this area. Results indicate that a majority (81.77%) of music therapy clinicians are familiar with AAC and slightly over half (55.08%) reported that they work with clients who use AAC. Sixty-two percent of music therapists reported using AAC to promote expressive language, and 49% to increase receptive language. Over 80% of clinicians stated they would benefit from additional AAC training.

Conclusions

Although a majority of music therapists are familiar with ACC, results indicate that ACC competency could be enhanced through university-level instruction and continuing professional development courses.

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    University of North Dakota, USA.

    The Children's University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin, Ireland.

    Source

    Journal of music therapy 54:2 2017 Jul 01 pg 228-250

    MeSH

    Adult
    Attitude of Health Personnel
    Communication
    Communication Aids for Disabled
    Europe
    Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
    Humans
    Language
    Music Therapy
    North America
    Surveys and Questionnaires

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    28637192