The use of musical interactions to develop social skills in early intervention

The use of musical interactions to develop social skills in early intervention

Abstract

This paper investigates the benefits of using music and musical interactions to help young children with a variety of disabilities develop social skills in an early intervention setting. The use of improvisation techniques and songs in the development of social skills are examined and described in case examples. The sessions provided opportunities for the children to develop the complex skills necessary for social competency through interacting musically with their peers and adult team members. Social skill development and competency, music therapy theories, and the benefits of group and individual sessions, are explored. It is suggested that music therapy has much to offer the young child with disabilities in acquiring the skills necessary for social competency.

 

Keywords: social skills; children; disabilities


Citation

Thompson, G. & Skewes, K. (1998). The use of musical interactions to develop social skills in early intervention. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 9, 35-44.


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Date published: July 1998