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What are "research based" melodies?

Posted on October 8, 2017 at 5:15 PM

What are research based melodies?   

The term research based melodies as it is used in M.B.C.T. refers specifically to the melodies tested in the original randomized controlled trial on M.B.C.T.


These melodies are available in our Level 1, Level 2, and First Signs apps as well as in the M.B.C.T. Therapy Kit. The melodies follow the general rule of one note per syllable and a different melody for each word.  Our supplemental apps meant for childre...

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Do I need to use standardized melodies in M.B.C.T.?

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 10:50 PM

Do I need to use standardized melodies in Melodic Based Communication Therapy ( M.B.C.T.)?


Yes.  Children with autism have been found to have superior memories for pitch and time (see evidence on M.B.C.T.).  For this reason, while teaching a new word it is important to keep the melody the same for that word over time.  It is also important to vary the melody by word.  We are using strengths in pitch recognition and memory to help the child b...

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