Synchronicity in improvisational music therapy – Developing an intersubjective field with a child with autism spectrum disorder

For children with severe autism spectrum disorder intersubjective relating through interactional synchronicity is challenging

Johanne B. Nielsen; Ulla Holck

2019

Scholarcy highlights

  • For children with severe autism spectrum disorder intersubjective relating through interactional synchronicity is challenging
  • Explorative microanalyses of videotaped improvisational music therapy sessions were conducted within an interpretivist theoretical framework to investigate the phenomenon of synchronicity
  • Literature from the field of developmental psychology, ASD and music therapy was reviewed in order to interpret the intersubjective meaning of the occurring synchronicity
  • Participation in interactional synchronicity may be reachable within the frame of IMT for a child with severe ASD, because it is facilitated by the inherent property of pulse in music and the way IMT reinforces the intersubjective dynamics of early interplay
  • Ulla Holck, is Associated Professor at the Music Therapy programme at Aalborg University, where she teaches BA and MA students and researches in music therapy with people with autism

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