Music helps families of people with profound learning disabilities feel more connected
The positive role music plays in the home lives of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families was examined in a recent study and found listening to music together helps families feel more connected and strengthened their relationships.
The study published in the British Journal of Learning Disabilities also found that that some children/young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities have musical preferences and these can be communicated to and interpreted by their parents.
The authors said this could create opportunities to facilitate mutual enjoyment and feelings of togetherness through shared musical experiences. This may begin to overcome some of the difficulties that people with profound and multiple learning disabilities have in forming relationships.