How to Help Kids with Physical Disabilities Learn Music

Learning and making music is fun. Kids can learn a lot from music. Research and studies have revealed that music can help with overall personality development of body and brain. Music activity is also known to be very beneficial for kids with special needs.

Group Music Experiences

This is easier to run in school setting, especially with access to a professional trained music therapy or teacher. When it comes to planning a session, music teachers are responsible for the entire thing. He or she will also make sure a reasonable flow of learning follows from session to session, strategy building, implementation, and reporting on consequences of music classes. Listed below are some of the best music activities you must try with special kids within a group setting:

Bass Drum – The song you choose should be great for kids with special needs (with auditory or physical disability). It should help them gain good amount of sensory feedback. Playing bass drum will help with sending sensory info. The child can play it fairly easy while in a seated position. When dealing with a wheelchair student, the drum should be positioned in a stable place. This will help the child hit the drum with a part of body without hurting themselves.

The Beat Here – Introducing a beat game will help. Start by allowing a student start a beat. Let him or her tap on one of their body parts. Now other children will copy action of that person. Once the teacher points at a different student, that new person starts new beat on different part of body.

Choice of Song – Using Makaton signs or Comic cards for songs that are familiar to students will help. The student can select the song they would like to play or hear. The process will inspire turn-taking among children, communication skills, and teamwork.

Familiarizing with Musical Instruments

Children with physical disability need time and efforts to get familiarized with musical items and instruments. You can help them by:

– Increasing grip size of instrument. Simply add a piece of sponge around a handle of an instrument.

– Clamping an instrument to table top with the help of monkey grip. You may even try mounting it onto a flat board. This will keep it still.

– Adding soft elastic circle to an instrument’s handle. The child will not lose it. This is especially helpful for children who are unable to maintain strong hand grip.

– Keeping music piece upright by using a nail brush. Allow the brush to act as a holder. You need to laminate the page in order to provide ample stiffness. This will prevent it from falling over. Place it on a table top or wheelchair tray. This may be seen easily when playing an instrument.

– Consultation with a therapist is crucial. For instance, meeting with an occupational therapist will help. This will let the child learn about various technical ways of making instruments.

Respect Intelligences

Types of intelligences should not be compared and measured. Musical intelligence is a form that should be cared for and cherished well. This is how it grows and develops. So try and find music intelligence in your students. Thereafter, you can take ample time become accustomed to these and plan for children’s individual demands. Once you do, you will find out that kids with special needs are highly benefited from music activities.