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Who is Melodic Based Communication Therapy Used For?

Posted on October 1, 2017 at 7:35 PM


Have you ever noticed a nonverbal child with autism humming or singing even in the presence of severe speech and language delays?  Did you know many children with autism have been shown to have "perfect" or "absolute" pitch?  See the blog post on evidence to learn more.

Who is Melodic Based Communication Therapy used for?

Melodic Based Communication Therapy (M.B.C.T.) was developed for children with autism who speak less than 10 words and have no functional speech. The original study included children ages 5:0-7:11, however many providers have reported success with children ages 2:0 and up.  Another study set to begin in the summer of 2018 will include children ages 2:0-10:11.


The greatest predictors of success were found to be strengths in receptive language and attempts to imitate.  Together these two factors accounted for 75% of the variability in number of correct words in the original study group.  Age was not found to be a predictor of success with the approach, meaning all age groups in the original study made similar progress. See the blog post on evidence to learn more.


Though developed for nonverbal children with autism, some providers have reported some success with children who have symptoms of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). CAS is a motor speech disorder where children have trouble planning, coordinating, producing and sequencing sounds for speech.  It can co-occur with autism, Down syndrome, or other developmental delays.  More research is needed on the use of M.B.C.T. for this and other populations.

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