Who is Sound Connection for?A Sound Connection offers a fun and playful way for a child or young person to make music and, through the use of props and movement, connect with another individual or interact within a group setting. Whilst accessible to all, our approach has been specifically developed for children/ young people whose learning needs are more severe or complex.Core Principles This project is an evolving entity. We are always learning from our children and young people, always striving to dance to their tune and make music to their beat whereby we, extend the principles of communication beyond speech.A Sound Connection works on the principles of Attunement. Attunement is being aware of and responsive to our feelings, our needs, our behaviour, our perception and others. The basis of attunement is non- verbal communication and allows a person to develop attachments with people, places and objects. As such, our sessions are based on using movement and music as a medium to attune.“When we attune to another we gently tune into, sense, and resonate with their experience” (Rowan & Jacobs, 2002).In our approach the facilitator …affectively attunes with the child, noting mood, vicariously imagining the emotion of the child and communicates a response, cognitively attunes.understands the child’s perspective and thinking:- developmentally attunes with the child- responds to the developmental level of the child: and rhythmically attunes responds to the child’s own movement and vocal patterns and adapts/ imitates/ instigates accordingly.Key Steps of the approach are …Recognition: The facilitator starts by responding to the child’s actions and sounds in order to gain a connection with the child. Many children with PMLD are unaware at first, of people or objects around them.Imitation: Helps the child to recognise their own self-expression which then leads into a “conversation” with the facilitator through a playful reflection of sound and movement. The facilitator starts to introduce rhythm and response to the interactions.Evaluation: Developing the child’s ability to listen, predict, respond and ultimately turn take.Instigation: When the child is able to recognise imitation and starts to instigate interaction. The child may invite the facilitator to lead thus creating a two-way conversation, with music or movement, whilst developing the child’s ability to show preference and participation.Group Instigation: The child is able to transfer skills into a social group environment, where the ultimate goal is interaction with other participants.Generalisation of Skills: When the child can transfer newly acquired skills into their home, school and community environment.Having acquired these skills, the child may now be able to generalise their listening and turn-taking skills, may be starting to use their voice or sign more, look directly at an object or person, and have the ability to express their needs and preferences and interact with objects or people in a more meaningful way.Our aims are to …1.provide an independent hobby for those that struggle to interact or who have complex needs.2.have fun with music and movement. 3.be sensitive to the needs of children and young people and be led by their movement, music and voice..4.support interaction and play.5.support social, physical, emotional, cognitive development.6.use music and movement to hold a conversation with a child or young person.7.learn and laugh together; and8.be musically inclusive.Other sites you may find of interest:www.jabadao.org www.intensiveinteraction.org
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