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Long-Term Perspectives of Family Quality of Life Following Music Therapy With Young Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Phenomenological Study.

Abstract

Background

Parents of children on the autism spectrum have consistently reported feeling uncertain in their parenting role, and desire more practical advice from service providers about how to support their child in the home. There is growing recognition of the need for interventions to provide support to the family as well as fostering child development outcomes.

Objective

This study explores mothers' follow-up perspectives of family-centered music therapy (FCMT) four years after participating in a 16-week home-based program, and therefore provides a unique long-term viewpoint on FCMT outcomes.

Methods

Eight mothers who previously participated in FCMT sessions with their young children on the autism spectrum were interviewed to explore their perception of any long-term outcomes.

Results

A descriptive phenomenological analysis revealed five global themes, including: improvement in mothers' confidence to engage their child; rare opportunities for mutual mother-child enjoyment; improved child social communication and quality of life; mothers' new understanding of the child's interests and strengths; and more opportunities for continuing the child's interest in music.

Conclusions

Mothers perceived long-term benefits to social relationships within the family, leading to perceived enrichment in child and family quality of life following music therapy sessions.

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  • Authors+Show Affiliations

    Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne, Australia.

    Source

    Journal of music therapy 54:4 2018 Jan 13 pg 432-459

    MeSH

    Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Child
    Child, Preschool
    Communication
    Early Intervention (Education)
    Family Therapy
    Female
    Humans
    Interpersonal Relations
    Male
    Mothers
    Music Therapy
    Parenting
    Quality of Life
    Treatment Outcome

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    29186566

    Citation

    TY - JOUR T1 - Long-Term Perspectives of Family Quality of Life Following Music Therapy With Young Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Phenomenological Study. A1 - Thompson,Grace A, PY - 2017/12/1/pubmed PY - 2018/4/6/medline PY - 2017/11/30/entrez KW - autism KW - children KW - disability KW - family KW - qualitative research SP - 432 EP - 459 JF - Journal of music therapy JO - J Music Ther VL - 54 IS - 4 N2 - Background: Parents of children on the autism spectrum have consistently reported feeling uncertain in their parenting role, and desire more practical advice from service providers about how to support their child in the home. There is growing recognition of the need for interventions to provide support to the family as well as fostering child development outcomes. Objective: This study explores mothers' follow-up perspectives of family-centered music therapy (FCMT) four years after participating in a 16-week home-based program, and therefore provides a unique long-term viewpoint on FCMT outcomes. Methods: Eight mothers who previously participated in FCMT sessions with their young children on the autism spectrum were interviewed to explore their perception of any long-term outcomes. Results: A descriptive phenomenological analysis revealed five global themes, including: improvement in mothers' confidence to engage their child; rare opportunities for mutual mother-child enjoyment; improved child social communication and quality of life; mothers' new understanding of the child's interests and strengths; and more opportunities for continuing the child's interest in music. Conclusions: Mothers perceived long-term benefits to social relationships within the family, leading to perceived enrichment in child and family quality of life following music therapy sessions. SN - 2053-7395 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/29186566/Long-term_perspectives_of_family_quality_of_life_following_music_therapy_with_young_children_on_the_autism_spectrum:_a_phenomenological_study. L2 - https://academic.oup.com/jmt/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/jmt/thx013 ER -