A follow up project of music therapy with young children with autism and their families; the making of a documentary.

14 May 2018, 17:30 - 18:30
Cambridge campus

Abstract picture of mans head with musical notes
Speaker: Prof Amelia Oldfield (Anglia Ruskin University)

Abstract: Between 2000 and 2002, ten pre-school children with autism and their families received weekly individual music therapy sessions with Amelia Oldfield over a period of five months. All the sessions were filmed, so that the work could be analysed in detail as part of a PhD investigation. At the end of the project the families were given filmed excerpts of the sessions to take home with them.

Sixteen years later, in early 2017, the ten families were contacted by Amelia and invited to return for an interview. The interviews were filmed and focused on what the families remembered about the music therapy intervention and in what ways they felt it might have been helpful. A documentary film has been made incorporating material from both the original music therapy sessions and the current interviews.

In this talk Amelia will show excerpts of the film and reflect on the process of putting together this project.

Amelia has worked as a clinical music therapist in Cambridge for the past 37 years. She currently divides her time between clinical work with children and families, plus music therapy teaching and research (both nationally and internationally). Amelia has completed four music therapy research investigations. She has also published numerous articles and seven books. As co-editor of three recent books, Amelia has encouraged and supported other music therapists to write about clinical approaches with families and working in schools.

Event Details

14 May 2018, 17:30 - 18:30
Cambridge campus
Jerome Booth Music Therapy Centre. Young Street

No booking is required for this event.