1st Edition

Music, Sound and Vibration in Special Education How to Enrich Your Specialist Setting

By Ange Anderson Copyright 2021
    184 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    184 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    This book provides practical guidance on how to successfully incorporate music, sound and vibration into your special school, exploring the rich benefits that musical opportunities offer for children with physical, mental health and learning disabilities.

    Music has been shown to improve mood, lift depression, improve blood flow and even ease pain, whilst musical interventions can encourage communication and enable relaxation. This book explores the physical, cognitive and mental health benefits of music use in special schools, introducing therapies and innovations that can be adapted for use in your own specialist setting.

    Key features include:

    • Chapters exploring a range of music therapies and technologies that allow all students to access the benefits of music, sound and vibration, from one-to-one therapeutic music sessions to vibro-acoustic therapy and sing and sign

    • Case studies and anecdotes showcasing the innovative ways that special schools are using music, and providing concrete examples of how to deliver, record and access music provision

    • Photocopiable policies, risk assessments and links to useful resources

    Written by an author with a wealth of experience in special education, this book is essential reading for all those working in specialist settings or with children with SEND.

    Dedication  Acknowledgements  List of Figures  List of tables and downloadable resources  Introduction  Abbreviations and glossary of words and phrases used  Chapter 1: What is therapeutic music and how can it be delivered in special schools  Chapter 2: Music and Technology  Chapter 3: Transitional Music  Chapter 4: Singing and Signing  Chapter 5: Meditation and Mindfulness  Chapter 6: Water and Sound  Chapter 7: Vibration and the feel of sound  Chapter 8: Health, Wellbeing and Sound  Chapter 9: Sound Support for schools  Chapter 10: Assessment  Chapter 11: Parents and Carers  Chapter 12: The effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the delivery of Music and Therapeutic interventions in Special Schools  Chapter 13: Resources and Support  Appendix  Bibliography  Index


    Ange Anderson, M.Ed. is a SEND consultant and advisor for schools, specialising in therapeutic and technological interventions for additional learning needs. She supports schools on site as well as remotely through Teams and Zoom meetings. She is the special needs advisor for an international VR company. She is the former headteacher of a leading specialist school and author of special educational books and children’s books. She has authored several educational articles and papers on therapeutic intervention, is involved in international research work and has presented internationally on topics related to special education.