The effects of music on clients with learning disabilities: A literature review

  • Savarimuthu D
  • Bunnell T
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Abstract

The aim of this paper was to promote the use of musical interventions with clients with learning disabilities. Musical interventions with this group of clients were found to be effective in reducing self-injurious behaviour, aggression and other behaviour, which challenge the service providers. Music was also found to have the potential to improve the communication skills of clients and to maintain their psychological well being. A review of the literature shows that music, though not widely used in the field of learning disabilities, can be an effective medium through which the quality of life of clients can be enhanced. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Authors

  • Darren Savarimuthu

  • Toni Bunnell

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