autism_handbook_2Autism Handbook #2:
Strategies from the Field

© 2015
Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC

Self-study e-course $15.00
Optional: 12 CMTE credits $72.00

Autism Handbook #2: Strategies from the Field is the second in a series of Autism Handbooks challenging music therapists to raise the bar in their clinical practice by enhancing their knowledge about autism and their skills in providing effective therapeutic services to individuals with autism. The Autism Handbook #2 focuses on these topics:

  • Chapter 1: Overview of music therapy services in autism
  • Chapter 2: Recognizing continuums in autism, music, and music therapy
  • Chapter 3: Utilizing music in therapy
  • Chapter 4: Strategies for developing personal connections
  • Chapter 5: Strategies for encouraging communication
  • Chapter 6: Interventions for shaping behavior
  • Chapter 7: Preparing individuals for real life
  • Chapter 8: Sharpening your therapy skills
  • Chapter 9: Gathering resources
  • Information about earning optional CMTE credits

This content-rich, practical self-study e-course from your colleagues at includes a pdf workbook and audio discussion for each chapter, allowing you to download to your own devices, to study on your own schedule, to broaden and extend your skills and expertise, and to apply the concepts and strategies to your own unique clinical setting.

Optional CMTE Credits. Music therapists have the option of earning twelve CMTE credits by submitting written assignments chosen from options listed in the e-course workbook. The CMTE fee is only $72 – $6 per CMTE credit! You can take the course now and apply for CMTE credit now or anytime in the future. See the CMTE Information page for details.

Learning Objectives for the Autism Handbook #2.

Learning Objective 1. Learner will review the spectrum of autism and examine the scope of challenges encountered by individuals diagnosed with autism in the areas of communication, social interaction, restrictive behaviors, and self-reliance.  (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains:  I. B. Assessment 3, 4.)

Learning Objective 2. Learner will examine factors related to the effectiveness of music in therapy for individuals diagnosed with autism.  (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: II. A. Implementation 3, 4, 5.)

Learning Objective 3. Learner will examine the elements required for providing music therapy services to individuals with autism:  assessment, treatment planning, implementation, documentation, evaluation, adjustment, and generalization. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains:  I. B. Assessment, C. Interpret Assessment Information and Communicate Results, D. Treatment planning, II. A. Implementation, III. A. Documentation, B. Evaluation.)

Learning Objective 4. Learner will study numerous clinical examples of music therapy interventions and strategies proven effective in impacting the functioning of individuals with autism in the areas of communication, social interaction restrictive behaviors, and self-reliance. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: I. D. Treatment Planning 2.c. and 4.)

Statement of relationship to CBMT: The Autism Handbook #2 is approved by the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT) for twleve Continuing Music Therapy Education credits (CMTE). – CBMT Approved Provider #S-001 – maintains responsibility for program quality and adherence to CBMT policies and criteria. See the CMTE Information page for details.

Autism Handbook #2: Strategies from the Field
Original © 2010, revised © 2012, revised © 2014, revised © 2015.

ISBN 978-0-9815947-4-3