Music-Mediated Intervention

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Music-Mediated Intervention

Music-mediated intervention (MMI) can be used to increase learner communication, socialization, play, motor, and adaptive skills while reducing interfering behaviors.



This module is not intended to replace the university-based degree program and certification process of a music therapist, but rather, to introduce basic knowledge of MMI as an evidence-based practice for use with learners with autism in daily routines.

What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Learning basic knowledge about music-mediated intervention (MMI).
  • Applying MMI in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The Music-Mediated Intervention module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

Suggested citation:
Nowell, S., Sam, A., Waters, V., Dees, R., & AFIRM Team. (2022). Music-Mediated Intervention. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Autism Focused Intervention Modules and Resources.

Professional Standards

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards that apply to all 27 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 5 pages)

CEC standards that apply specifically to the Music-Mediated Intervention module (PDF document, 3 pages)

Council for Exceptional Childen

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