A Practical Guide for Music Therapy Practicum Students in a Community Center for Communication Disorders
Abstract: It is estimated that only 10 % of the hearing impaired are totally deaf, implying that 90 % can hear to some degree. Using music to facilitate the development of hearing and speech skills and learning with hearing-impaired persons may be of significant value. This thesis presents several reasons for utilizing music therapy with the hearing impaired. Areas of particular interest to a music therapist or practicum student when working with the hearing-impaired include: (1) hearing and hearing aids, (2) total communication, (3) mainstreaming with the hearing-impaired, (4) research in learning methods, (5) the acquisition of language, and (6) understanding the deaf child.
Keyword(s): practicum, music-therapy-students, music-therapy-internship, guidelines, communication-disorders, community-agencies.