Using music to decrease disruptive vocalizations in a man with dementia
Article first published online: 21 MAY 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 25, Issue 3, pages 253–260, July 2010
How to Cite
Locke, J. M. and Mudford, O. C. (2010), Using music to decrease disruptive vocalizations in a man with dementia. Behav. Intervent., 25: 253–260. doi: 10.1002/bin.309
- Issue published online: 14 JUN 2010
- Article first published online: 21 MAY 2010
Music played through headphones was noted to reduce the disruptive chanting and speech-like vocalizations of a 68-year-old man who lived in a secure dementia unit. We conducted a variety of assessment procedures, including a functional analysis ‘alone’ condition, to identify why this simple intervention may have been effective for this individual. The data suggest that music provided an alternative source of auditory stimulation to that produced by automatically reinforced vocal behavior. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.