Children with septo-optic dysplasia - musical interests, abilities and provision: The results of a parental survey.

Pring, Linda and Ockelforda, A.. 2005. Children with septo-optic dysplasia - musical interests, abilities and provision: The results of a parental survey. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 23(2), pp. 58-66. [Article]

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This paper reports the results of an exploratory survey of 32 families of children with septo-optic dysplasia and 32 families of children without visual impairment or any specific health problems (who served as a comparison group). The focus of the research was to explore the children’s musical interests and abilities, the musical provision that was made for them, and the ways in which music might impact upon their wider development and education. The reports of the parents and carers provided a substantial amount of information and while the data may have been subject to certain biases, the findings nevertheless serve as an important signpost for future research. The main conclusions relate to the fact that, despite reportedly high levels of musical interest and ability among children with septo-optic dysplasia – consistently higher than in the case of their fully-sighted counterparts – few had access to appropriate music-educational or therapeutic support, compared to many of the comparison group who were able to take advantage of a wide range of musical opportunities. Within the group with septo-optic dysplasia, the educationally blind children often displayed significantly different characteristics from those who were partially sighted, and level of vision seemed to be a more important factor in influencing musical development than the presence of the septo-optic dysplasia syndrome itself. It was evident that further research is needed to explore the levels of musical interest and ability in visually impaired children with a range of other eye conditions and syndromes, and to investigate in more detail the important role that music may play in the promoting their wider development.

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02 Aug 2011 13:05

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29 Apr 2020 15:49

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