About

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Company Founder

Autumn McClintock is a Board Certified Music Therapist and a graduate of Arizona State University. She is certified in Neurologic Music Therapy and Habilitation. Her nine years of professional work with children and adults with ASD, integration of Applied Behavior Analysis techniques, understanding of trauma, and ability to adapt on the go allow each client to feel empowered while meeting their goals.

She completed her music therapy internship with Mind-Full Music Therapy in Phoenix, AZ under the expertise of Debi Kret, MM, MT-BC, NMT. Mind-Full provides school and community programs for autism, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and special needs.

Autumn is Filipino American, and was raised in a military family in the Midwest. This allows her to have a personal understanding of the importance of heritage and cultural awareness, as well a sensitivity to trauma and PTSD within the family. She loves traveling and trying new cuisines. When she is not playing music, you can find her camping, gardening, and reading up on things she is passionate about.

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a certified professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

(American Music Therapy Association definition, 2005)

Music therapy is considered an arts therapy that has been in practice for roughly 70 years. A person does not need to have a “talent” for music to be successful at music therapy. Music is simply a tool to create experiences in which clients feel empowered, successful, and supported. If you have more questions, you can click here to read more, or email us today at openairmusictherapy@gmail.com

What is Neurologic Music Therapy?

Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) is an evidence-based treatment model that uses standardized, research-based techniques to treat the brain using specific elements of music such as rhythm, melody, dynamics, tempo, etc.

The Neurologic Music Therapist is a stimulus specialist who is trained in the the neuroscience of music perception, music production, and music cognition. They use standardized techniques to achieve non-musical goals such as speech, physical movement, cognition and other functional abilities. The therapist focuses on the music as therapy, emphasizing specific elements of music in the construction of therapeutic exercises as research so indicates, in order to optimize function and/or reroute neuropathways to achieve functionality.

(Neurologic Music Therapy Association of Phoenix definition, 2020)

Visit the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy for more information.

What is Applied Behavioral Analysis?

ABA therapy applies our understanding of how behavior works to real situations. The goal is to increase behaviors that are helpful and decrease behaviors that are harmful or affect learning.

(Autism Speaks definition, 2020)

Concepts of ABA therapy learned over three certification courses and direct supervision for habilitation through Arizona Autism United are applied in music therapy sessions. Please note that a certified ABA therapist is the only one who can create a specified behavior plan.

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