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Abstract The purpose of this study was to development a protocol incorporating music therapy behavior modification techniques with normal development of feeding skills, implement this protocol with infants and young children, and evaluate the success and clinical application of this protocol. The protocol, using the chronological developmental and behavioral steps to self-oral feeding, was developed from extensive research and in consultation with a Speech Therapist. The protocol was implemented at a health care center that provides daily care for medically complex and fragile children with four participants (N=4). A trials to criterion design was used in the implementation of the protocol and an individualized goal was set for each participant after observing the participant's baseline feeding skills. Each participant's case study yielded positive outcomes and increased feeding skills. Limitations of the study, implications for future research, and clinical recommendations for implantation of the protocol are discussed.
behavior modification, children, early development, feeding problems, infants, music therapy
Date of Defense
July 11, 2013.
A Thesis submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Jayne M. Standley, Professor Directing Thesis; Clifford Madsen, Committee Member; Dianne Gregory, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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