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Engaging each child: art, music, drama
and dance

Art, music, drama and dance have unique abilities to cut across the communication divide.


These expressive arts provide real opportunities for self expression and communication and support and enhance each child's learning.


What key elements of these arts enable them to communicate with children that have
difficulty communicating?





The power of music

If you want to understand how effective the arts can be it is useful to look at the following musical clip.


Music is a flagship example of the unique power of the arts to connect and affect each child.


In this clip, a musician plays guitar to a couple
of children.



Why is music so effective?


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The power of the arts
A young boy listens attentively as his
                  teacher plays the guitar

Traditionally, music (like art, drama and dance) is used as a virtual medication by music therapists. They assess the client(s) and create a clinical plan for treatment that has clear goals. In this way, the music that the therapist plays works within a client centred, goal directed framework.


The clip on the previous slide shows that music and the arts should not just be used as therapy.


Each child with complex needs should have time to explore music and the arts, not just as a treatment but as a leisure activity.


This will help them to engage fully, communicate openly and learn to the best of their ability.