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A music therapy approach evoking spontaneous movement from people with a dual sensory impairment

Journal/Book: Journal of British Music Therapy. 1987; 1: Herfortshire, UK. British Society for Music Therapy/APMT 69 Avondale Avenue East Barnet EN4 8NB Hertfordshire UK. 25-27.

Abstract: The starting point from which to develop a music and movement approach to the needs of deaf-blind people was a consideration of their existing movement habits and needs. There are those whose natural levels of spontaneous body movement occur towards both extremes of the active-passive continuum. Some are passive in the extreme and dependant not only on physical assistance but also on a minimal degree of prompting to accomplish even such tasks as placing on a table a cup from which they have just drunk. Others seem to have almost tireless physical energy. In this paper I shall be considering how music therapy can be of help in evoking spontaneous motor response with those whose movement patterns are predominantly passive. I shall confine myself to this particular use of music with such people and shall not be considering the place of music therapy in general with deaf-blind people or even other ways in which music and movement come together in therapy.

Keyword(s): deafblind, body-movement, motor, response, passive.


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