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What is some of the evidence to support M.B.C.T.? PART I

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 8:45 PM

What is some of the evidence to support Melodic Based Communication Therapy (M.B.C.T.)?

Here is some of the evidence to support M.B.C.T.  For more information, attend our M.B.C.T. seminar.  We welcome new studies and evidence to add to our collection.  Please email us at [email protected] if you have something interesting to share.

Absolute or Perfect Pitch in Autism

  1. Stanutz et al., 2014 found superior short- and long-term pitch memory in children with autism spectrum disorders. Atypical language development was found to correlate with these findings. 
  2. Kupferstein & Walsh, 2015 found 97% of children with autism demonstrated exceptional and instantaneous pitch matching abilities on piano when using the non-verbal paradigm for assessing perfect pitch. 
  3. Stewart et al., 2015 found a correlation between scores on the autism-spectrum quotient and pitch and time discrimination. 

Sung Words vs. Spoken Words in Autism

  1. Lai et al., 2012 found the brain was more actively engaged for song than for speech in autism.
  2. Sharda et al., 2015 found that sung words resulted in bilateral hemisphere activation in the brain of those with autism when compared to spoken words which were right-lateralized in those with autism.  They concluded that their "results thus demonstrate the ability of song to overcome the structural deficit for speech across the autism spectrum and provide a mechanistic basis for efficacy of song-based interventions in ASD."

Why clapping?
  1. Kim et al., 2011 compared the effects of clapping on the brain to other hand motions such as grasp and release motions and found clapping to be the greatest cortical activator.
  2. Brodsky & Sulkin 2011 found improvements in cognitive and academic development occurred after regularly clapping and singing songs.  

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