“Musical Echolalia” in non-verbal children with autism: an interview with Dr. Krystal Demaine

Many children with autism spectrum disorders display what is known as “echolalia,” an imitation of speech, sounds, movies, or television scripts without inflection or emotional expression. Echolalia is considered dysfunctional by many experts, and can be seen as a barrier or impediment to communicating or interacting with others. However, new research by Dr. Krystal Demaine shows how the use of music can transform this natural imitative behavior into socially engaged and meaningful communication. In this interview, Dr. Demaine describes several forms of musical echolalia, shares excerpts of her work singing and drumming with young children, and offers suggestions for parents and caregivers to meet the needs of their children and increase a sense of bonding through musical exploration. To find out more about her work or to contact Dr. Demaine, visit http://musicalecholalia.blogspot.com/.

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Shostakovich and the mysterious healing

“What is this mysterious medium that moves and heals us?” How does music work as a therapeutic and wellness tool? What does it look like? Where did these practices begin? This show starts out with Dr. Sangeeta Swamy’s experience with the Chagall String Quartet, and how an audience member’s story of healing led her to discover the therapeutic powers of music. Learn about professions such as sound healing, music practitioners, music therapy, and music thanatology and find out about the work these healers do with everyday children, teens and adults across the country.

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Related links:

American Music Therapy Association

Sound Healers Association

Music for Healing Transitions Program

Music Thanatology Association International


On the Wings of Horses/Peter Rowan

Shostakovich Quartet No. 7/St. Petersburg String Quartet

Awake/Peter Mayer

Heart Chakra/Jonathon Goldman/Chakra Chants

Sacred Stones/Sheila Chandra

Heart Chakra/Tibetan Chakra Meditations/Christina Mitchell and Ben Scott

Sri Venkatash/Bombay Jayashri

Halloween Blues and improvisations/personal recordings

Rosa Mystica/Therese Shroeder-Sheker


Welcome to The Sound Effect, a talk and music show hosted by Dr. Sangeeta Swamy exploring how music and sound affect our physical, psychological, spiritual and emotional lives. Beginning June 11, 2012, tune in live every Tuesday from 6-6:30 pm, EST on WCOM, 103.5 FM in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, or stream online  to hear interviews with local and national experts, stories of healing, the latest research, personal reflections and tips on how to use music to empower your life. Airing on community radio, the Sound Effect is an educational program designed for the general public and is free of traditional advertising and commercials. However, if you would like to be an underwriter for the show, click here to find out more information.