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Integrating exceptional and nonexceptional young children through music play: A pilot program

Author(s): Robbins, B. J., McKenzie, B. A.

Journal/Book: Music therapy Perspectives. 1990; Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. National Association for Music Therapy 8455 Colesville Rd., Suite 930 20910 Silver Spring, Maryland USA. journal article.

Abstract: This pilot program examined a model for integrating groups of exceptional and nonexceptional young children. Pre-kindergarten Exceptional Student Education (ESE) children were combined with their typical peers in a public school music therapy program providing structured interaction opportunities through traditional early childhood music and social activities. One-hundred children were combined as follows: (a) early childhood students at a school for severely mentally and physically handicapped students and students from a private preschool, (b) pre-K hearing impaired students at an elementary school and students from a Montessori preschool, (c) pre-K ESE students with varying exceptionalities at a vocational high school and students from a daycare progra, at the same school, and (d) pre-K ESE students with varying exceptionalities at a private preschool and students from the same preschool. Each group included classroom personnel and a music therapist. The procedures followed and materials used are discussed.

Keyword(s): preschool, children, exceptional-children, normal, integration, music, play-therapy.

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