USC researches music therapy for children

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USC researches music therapy for children


Published on 6 March 2014

Three University of the Sunshine Coast researchers hope their investigation of “therapeutic listening” will reduce anxiety and increase emotion recognition and attention control in children with High Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome.

USC Associate Lecturer in Psychology Dr Michelle Curran will lead Master of Psychology (Clinical) students Bree Campbell and Ray Inkpen in the research.

Dr Curran said therapeutic listening involved delivering electronically altered music to children through headphones to assist them with difficulties in processing the world around them.

“This is used world-wide by therapists who report seeing benefits in the areas of anxiety, attention and emotional regulation,” she said.

“We anticipate the results of our project will add to the understanding of the effectiveness of this intervention in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

The team is seeking Sunshine Coast participants for the home-based project. Parents with children aged 8-12 who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder can contact or call 5456 5074.

The project is due to start this month and preliminary results are expected about September.

Julie Schomberg

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