MusicWorx Internship Alumna Wins $15,000 Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Fund Award

A. Blythe La Gasse, PhD, NMT, MT–BC received a $15,000 Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Fund Award last week at the AMTA national conference in Cleveland, OH.

Titled “The Effect of Music Therapy Groups on the Social Skills of Children with Autism,” Dr. La Gasse’s study will employ a randomized-control design consisting of two groups of children randomly assigned to two groups, including a music therapy treatment (n=10) and a control group (n=10; structured play group). From a major city, we will recruit 20 child participants, ages 7–9, all of whom have a formal diagnosis of an ASD but who have not had group music therapy experience in the past two years. Each group will meet for fifty minutes two times a week for five weeks. A neuropsychologist will administer measures, including the CARS, Social Responsiveness Scale (pre-test, post-test) and the Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (pre-test, post-test, post-treatment follow-up). Children in both groups at these same intervals will be video recorded for analysis of instances of social interaction.