University of Edinburgh
 

The Impact of Music Therapy on Children with a Visual Impairment and those with Complex Needs

Presented on Tuesday, 1st May 2018

Content

This workshop considered different ways in which music therapy might be used with children who have a visual impairment as well as those who have complex needs. Two music therapists, David Limmer and James Robertson, gave an overview of how music can assist with aspects of communication and expression through the development of a therapeutic relationship.

The day included a presentation of case vignettes with children through audio and video examples of work. There was also a practical exploration of simple musical ideas with particular emphasis on how teachers and support staff can adapt and incorporate these ideas into their own areas of work.

Participants said:

"Excellent course, lots of valuable information and techniques to take back and incorporate in my working practice. How wonderful music is and accessible to everyone. Lots of fun!"

"Presenters were engaging and positive."

Target Audience

Teachers of the visually impaired, teachers in special schools/nurseries, educational psychologists, support staff and parents/carers.

Presenters

David Limmer, Music Therapist, RNIB; and
James Robertson, Music Therapist, Edinburgh

Programme

9.30 am Registration and Networking

10.05 am Background and Case Studies: How Music Therapy Might Help Children with a Visual Impairment

11 am Background and Case Studies: How Music Therapy Might Help Children with Complex Needs

1.15 pm Practical Ways of Using Music with Children with a Visual Impairment

2 pm Practical Ways of Using Music with Children with Complex Needs

2.45 pm Course Evaluations and close