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Evaluation of a TEACCH- and music therapy-based psychological intervention in mild to moderate dementia: A controlled trial


Fischer-Terworth, Christian, Probst, Paul


GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, Volume: 24, No.: 2, Pages.: 93-101

Year of Publication



Background: A multicomponent psychological intervention designed to alleviate neuropsychiatric symptoms and to improve communication in mild to moderate dementia was evaluated in a controlled trial. Components were (1) TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children)-based cognitive-behavioral and environmental interventions adapted for dementia and (2) music therapy. Methods: In a Pre-post design, the treatment group (n = 26) received the program for 6 months, whereas controls (n = 23) participated in nonspecific occupational therapy. Statistical analyses included t-tests, effect sizes, and two-way ANOVAs. Results: Relative to controls, the treatment group showed partly significant reductions of agitation, aggression, apathy, and anxiety, and improvement of communication, emotional expression, and activity. Conclusion: The intervention can help to increase psychological well-being in patients with dementia. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)

Bibtex Citation

@article{Fischer_Terworth_2011, doi = {10.1024/1662-9647/a000037}, url = {}, year = 2011, month = {jun}, publisher = {Hogrefe {&} Huber}, volume = {24}, number = {2}, pages = {93--101}, author = {Christian Fischer-Terworth and Paul Probst}, title = {Evaluation of a {TEACCH}- and Music Therapy-Based Psychological Intervention in Mild to Moderate Dementia}, journal = {{GeroPsych}} }


communication, communication skills training, controlled trial, dementia, intervention, music therapy, neuropsychiatric symptoms, neuropsychiatry, psychological intervention, symptoms, teacch, treatment and education of autistic and related communication handicapped children, treatment effectiveness evaluation

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Non randomised controlled trial

Type of Outcomes

Behaviour, Depression and Anxiety

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Arts and Music Interventions (including Art and Music Therapy), Behavioural Therapies