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    M.B.C.T. Approved Provider Exam

    Melodic Based Communication Therapy



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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Various Important Professions
    • Physical Therapist
    • Certified Occupational Therapy Asst
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Physical Therapy Asst
    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Speech Language Pathology Asst
    • Teacher

Course Description

This exam is for professionals who wish to be recognized on the official Registry as trained M.B.C.T. Approved Providers. Registrants must complete the live training prior to taking this online exam.

The M.B.C.T. Registry will list the first initial and last name as well as the facility/practice information of the Approved Provider. Please be sure to fill out this information when registering.

If you are interested in attending a live course click here: MBCT Live Course

From the creator of the M.B.C.T. program:
"I am truly thrilled to partner with CIAO in offering this exam and registry! So many parents and therapists have asked how they can reach an M.B.C.T. Approved Provider. I'm so excited that now we will have a way for them to find a provider nearby! I am grateful to each of you for taking the time to attend the course and expressing interest in becoming an M.B.C.T. Approved Provider. I am confident that you will now be a part of a group of elite therapists who will change the life of a nonverbal child with autism using melody as a bridge to communication! Congratulations on taking the step towards becoming an M.B.C.T. Approved Provider and making a difference in the life of a nonverbal child near you! Please share your success stories! I love to hear them."

G. A. Sandiford, Ph.D.,CCC/SLP

Givona Sandiford


G. A. Sandiford, Ph.D., CCC/SLP, is a licensed speech–language pathologist with over ten years of experience working with individuals with autism and other speech/language disorders. Dr. Sandiford has served as a speech–language pathologist in public schools, alternative schools, outpatient clinics, home health, private practice, and various other settings. She has also served as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. She is the developer of Melodic Based Communication Therapy (MBCT), which was the subject of her dissertation research. Her research on Melodic Based Communication Therapy was the recipient of the LLU School of Allied Health Professions 2013 Outstanding Doctoral Research Award and has been published in and cited by multiple publications in peer–reviewed journals. She has presented on this topic nationwide. She is the CEO of her own company MeloComm Speech and Language Therapy. She enjoys reading, writing, researching, teaching, and working with children with autism.

Financial Disclosures: Dr. Sandiford is the creator and holds the copyright on supplemental IOS therapy apps for M.B.C.T. She is also the CEO of her own company MeloComm Speech and Language Therapy. She receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of her live courses. She also receives royalties for the purchase of her recorded course(s).

Non-Financial Disclosure: there are no relevant disclosures

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Delivery VIA:

  • Online - This course is offered in an online, on demand format.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 1.0 Hour
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (0.1 ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet required
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (0.1 AOTA CEUs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (0.1 PDUs)
  • As an IACET Authorized Provider, CIAO offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard
  • CIAO is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEUs for this program


Great presenter. Information is very useful.

- San Francisco, CA / Apr 2021

Great use of potential real life situations.

- Bloomington, MN / Jan 2020

Based on the course, this exam was very easy. I felt prepared to answer all the questions and feel confident in my abilities to initiate this in my therapy on Monday!!! Thank you!

- Owens Cross Roads, AL / Jan 2020

Great Test! User friendly.

- Palmview, TX / Jul 2017

Would like to see a refresher course/more therapy tips with this program offered.

- FLORESVILLE, TX / Apr 2017

Great! Thanks!

- Temecula, CA / Feb 2017