Abstract

This thesis was conducted as a systematic review. A systematic review is an assessment and evaluation of current research that attempts to answer a clinical question. The purpose of this systematic review was to attempt to answer the following clinical question: Are there high-quality studies that document the effectiveness of using music in speech and language therapy with preschool aged children and children with autism? This review also attempted to identify future research implications and needs. Nine studies were reviewed and critiqued; six preschool based studies and three autism based studies. Results indicated a general positive change in speech and language outcomes when music is incorporated into speech and language therapy. However, future research needs to be conducted by professionals in the communication disorders field using well designed studies and relevant outcomes to ensure evidence based practice is used among practicing clinicians.

Advisor

Patricia Hargrove

First Committee Member

Bonnie Lund

Second Committee Member

Karen Hurlbutt

Date of Degree

2011

Language

english

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services

College

Allied Health and Nursing

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

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