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

Books

Corke, Margaret
Approaches to communication through music
David Fulton, 2002
ISBN 1853468436
One of the ways forward when working with those who have little or no speech, or limited comprehension of language, is to use music. This is a practical guide that contains lots of ideas and original activities for the specialist and non-specialist alike.

McPhail, Pete
Soundbeam in special education: movement into music
Soundabout, [2003]
Soundbeam is a musical instrument which can be played by children with special needs through use of movement in space from very minimal such as eye movements through to dancing. This book allows teachers to get the most from their equipment.

Ockelford, Adam
All join in! a framework for making music with children and young people who are visually impaired and have learning disabilities
RNIB, 1996
ISBN 1858780810
A set of 24 songs which offer a framework for music-making with children and young people who are visually impaired and have other disabilities. Comprises an A4 folder, a booklet of music notation and an audio CD.

Ockelford, Adam
Music matters: factors in the music education of children and young people who are visually impaired
RNIB, 1996
ISBN 1858780713

Ockelford, Adam ... [et al]
Focus on music: exploring the musical interests and abilities of blind and partially-sighted children and young people with septo-optic dysplasia
University of London, 2006
ISBN 0854737235
Based on the first survey of its kind to explore the musicality of visually impaired children in the UK & USA. Makes a number of recommendations to improve the equality of access to music education for all VI children.

Ockelford, Adam & Matawa, Christina
Focus on music 2: exploring the musicality of children and young people with retinopathy of prematurity
University of London, 2009
ISBN 9780854738618
Examines the impact of ROP on the developing musicality of visually impaired children. Recognises the vital role of music therapy and education in the lives of all children with additional support needs.

Welch, Graham F; Ockelford, Adam; Zimmermann, Sally-Anne
Provision of music in special education (PROMISE): a report on a research project funded by the Esme Fairbairn Trust with support from the RNIB
RNIB, 2001
ISBN 1858785057
The purpose of this research project has been to investigate the nature of music education provision for pupils with severe learning difficulties (SLD) or profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).

Articles

AMBER Trust
AMBER Trust: a music charity for blind children
Insight
Nov/Dec 2008, No 18, p44-46
AMBER provides awards that can pay for music lessons, music therapy, purchase of equipment etc.
https://www.ambertrust.org/

Arter, Christine & Hill, David Lavelle
Listening in: music for students with a visual impairment
British Journal of Visual Impairment
May 1999, Vol 17 (2), p60-63
Improving general listening skills using music and some exploration of music therapy as a way to improve self-esteem.

Corke, Margaret
Interactive music: developing social communication skills
Eye Contact
Autumn 2004, No 40, p6-8
Using music to develop communication skills with children who have complex and multiple learning difficulties.

Hall, Jan
Doing it for themselves
Eye Contact
Autumn 2004, No 40, p19-21
Using switches and adaptive technology to create music.

Hinchcliffe, Janet
Vibroacoustic breakthrough
Eye Contact
Autumn 2004, No 40, p25-27
Sandall Wood School in Doncaster use a new vibroacoustic board to help motivate pupils and aid communication.

Hunt, Catherine
Beat that!
Eye Contact
Spring 2005, No 41, p23-25
Making music fun and accessible for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties.

Lloyd, Pat
Music sessions for a nursery class
Eye Contact
Autumn 2004, No 40, p22-24
Tips for running music sessions for children with profound and moderate learning difficulties.

Metell, Maren
“A great moment ... because of the music”: An exploratory study on music therapy and early interaction with children with visual impairment and their sighted caregivers
British Journal of Visual Impairment
May 2015, Vol 33 (2), p111-125
A ten week study of children with visual impairments aged 1-4 and their carers participating in music therapy group sessions.

Ockelford, Adam
Music therapy or music education?
Eye Contact
Autumn 2005, No 43, p23-27
Clarifies the difference between the music therapy and music education to allow parents and teachers to choose appropriately for children who are visually impaired and have multiple disabilities.

Ockelford, Adam
Sounds of intent
Information Exchange
Winter 2009, Vol 79, p6-7
This project was set up to see how children with profound and learning difficulties (PMLD), severe learning disabilities (SLD) and visual impairment engage with music and how their musical abilities and interests evolve over time.
http://soundsofintent.org/

Ockelford, Adam ... [et al]
Sounds of intent
Eye Contact
Autumn 2004, No 40, p12-15
A project looks at tracking the development musicality in children with profound and moderate learning difficulties.

Ockelford, Adam & Matawa, Christina
Focus on music: part two: Exploring the musicality of children and young people with retinopathy of prematurity
Insight
Nov/Dec 2009, No 24, p36-37
Second in a series exploring how different visual impairments affect children's developing musicality.

Ockelford, Adam & Zimmermann, Sally-Anne
Sounds of intent: using music for learning and communication
Insight
May/June 2012, No 39, p11-14
Sounds of Intent is a website of in-depth guidelines for children's achievements in engaging with music or sound.
http://www.soundsofintent.org

Oyston, Janet & Thomas, Naomi
Enjoying multisensory music
Eye Contact
Autumn 2004, No 40, p9-11
Ideas for using music in a multisensory class of children with profound and severe learning difficulties.

Panter, Anna
Let the fun begin: communicating through touch the TACPAC way
Eye Contact
Summer 2004, No 39, p31-34
A programme of music and tactile experiences for children with profound and multiple disabilities as a means of promoting body awareness and improving communication.

Risdon, James
Moving music
Insight
Sept/Oct 2008, No 17, p18-19
Technology which enables young people who are visually impaired to explore independent music making.

Simmonds, Sue
Resonance boards: simple communication through sound
Eye Contact
Autumn 2004, No 40, p16-18
Musical opportunities for children who have very limited movement though use of resonance boards.

Stanfield, Caroline & Zimmermann, Sally
Music and communication
Insight
Nov/Dec 2007, No 12, p10-12
Describes work with children developing communication through music.

York, Liz
Music therapy
Eye Contact
Autumn 2005, No 43, p19-22
How music therapy can help facilitate communication with children who are visually impaired and have multiple disabilities.