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Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Petra Kern, PhD, MT-DMtG, MT-BC, MTA; Marcia Humpal, MEd, MT-BC

CE Credit: 6 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE | Teaching CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Test Only

Course Abstract

Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders is a 6-hour test only continuing education (CE/CEU) course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source.

This CE test is based on the book "Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Developing Potential in Young Children and their Families" (2012, 304 pages). This text includes the work of many researchers and practitioners from music therapy and related disciplines brought together to provide a comprehensive overview of music therapy practice with young children who present with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The authors present an overview of ASD including core characteristics, early warning signs, prevalence rates, research and theories, screening and evaluation.  The book explores treatment approaches and strategies as applied in music therapy to the treatment of ASD.  The authors present a wealth of practical applications and strategies for implementation of music therapy within multi-disciplinary teams, school environments and in family-centered practice.

Closeout Course #60-97 | 42 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Name the three core characteristics that define ASD
2. Identify the three components that define evidence-based practice
3. List the four major principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
4. Identify the four main sentence types used in Social Stories™
5. Identify the authors’ concept of an integrated therapy model for Children with ASD
6. Name three research-based clinical music therapy applications for children with ASD

NBCC ACEP Approved ProviderNBCC Clock Hours: 6 | 
NBCC ACEP Number: 5590 | 

Professional Development Resources
 is also approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists (#193) and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (#RCST100501). 


This test-only course provides instant access to the CE test that enables you to earn CE credit for reading a published course book (book NOT included in your course enrollment). After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to Download/Print or Take CE Test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course book).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Petra Kern, PhD, MT-DMtG, MT-BC, MTA, owner of Music Therapy Consulting, has a clinical and research focus on young children with autism spectrum disorders, inclusion, and staff training. She is recipient of the AMTA 2008 Research/Publications Award, editor of imagine, and author of numerous publications. A former scholar at UNC at Chapel Hill, Dr Kern has taught at the University of Windsor and SUNY New Paltz, and currently teaches at Marylhurst University. She serves as the immediate Past President of the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT), on various editorial boards, and is a frequent international speaker and guest University lecturer. Petra lives in Santa Barbara, California.


: Dr. Kern is an author for Jessica Kingsley Publishers and receives royalties on sales of her book.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Marcia Humpal, MEd, MT-BC operates a small private practice in the Cleveland, OH area. Her clinical work focuses on early intervention and inclusion. She was a member of the advisory panel for Sesame Street's Music Works Wonders project, and has published and presented widely. A past Vice-President of AMTA, she co-chairs AMTA's Strategic Priority on Music Therapy and ASD Workgroup and serves on the editorial team of imagine. She received the AMTA Award of Merit in 2004. Marcia lives near Cleveland, OH in Olmsted Falls.


Financial: Ms. Humpal is an author for Jessica Kingsley Publishers and receives royalties on sales of her book.
: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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