Autism Toolbox: Moving from Isolation
to Interaction
© 2015
Cathy Knoll, MA, MT-BC

Self-study e-course $15.00
Optional: 10 CMTE credits $60.00

Autism Toolbox: Moving from Isolation to Interaction explores basic music therapy principles, techniques, interventions, and strategies that have proven effective in making connections with individuals diagnosed on the spectrum of autism and in helping maximize their potential and enhance their quality of life. By addressing issues related to communication, restrictive behaviors, and social interaction, this professional self-study e-course provides guidelines for music therapists to develop effective strategies that help individuals with autism move along a continuum from isolation to interaction. The Autism Toolbox focuses on these topics:

  • Social Interaction + Proximity to others + Participation in group activities + Personal interaction with others
  • Communication + Strategies to encourage receptive and expressive communication + Strategies for more appropriately expressing frustration, anger, and agitation
  • Restrictive Behaviors + Predictable routines and schedules + Increasing tolerance for transition and change + Functional daily living skills + Encouraging more independence

This content-rich, practical self-study e-course from your professional colleagues at includes a pdf workbook and audio discussion for each chapter, allowing you to download to your own device, 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 can receive ten CMTE credits by submitting written assignments detailed at the end of the course, the CMTE Evaluation, and the CMTE fee of $60 – just $6 per CMTE credit. You can take the course now and apply for CMTE credit now or at anytime in the future. See the CMTE Information page for complete details.

Learning Objectives for the Autism Toolbox.

Learning Objective 1. Learner will obtain data and interpret the assessment information for individuals with autism. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: I. B. Assessment 1-13 and C. Interpret Assessment Information and Communicate Results 1-5.)

Learning Objective 2. Learner will develop treatment strategies and structure treatment that meets the needs of individuals with autism. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains: I. D. Treatment Planning 1-17.)

Learning Objective 3. Learner will implement treatment using music therapy strategies that are effective for individuals with autism. (2015 CBMT Board Certification Domains:  II. A. Implementation 1-5, B. Safety 1-7.)

Statement of relationship to CBMT: Autism Toolbox is approved by the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT) for ten 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.

ISBN 978-0-9617272-7-7

Original © 2001, Revised © 2004, Revised © 2007, Revised © 2010, Revised © 2012, Revised ©2014, Revised ©2015.