Music Therapists' Understanding of Maximisation, Normalisation and the Neurodiversity Movement

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


This presentation will include a brief historical context to the Neurodiversity Movement before presenting three examples from Music Therapy research and practice which demonstrate examples of congruence and tension with the Neurodiversity Movement's ethos. This will be followed by a reflection on a recently co-authored position paper, drawing on Penni Winters' (2012) chapter in Loud Hands, where she asserts that "it's not what's done, but why it's done" that matters in relation to therapy and autism. This provocation will be used as a stimulus to reflect on the journey of co-authoring a position paper on the topic, reflecting on personal positioning, existing Music Therapy literature, and a composite case study example. The presentation will conclude with an invitation to dialogue and discuss the ideas presented and for delegates to share their own insights and experiences.
Period11 Jul 2020
Event titleBritish Association of Music Therapy (BAMT) Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) Network: A Focus on the Neurodiversity Movement
Event typeOther
LocationN/A, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • neurodiversity
  • music therapy
  • autism
  • therapy