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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 become verbal.  Once the child is able to answer the question "What is this?" with the target word and you have faded the use of the melodic model, the word may be said in any way you wish.

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