University of Roehampton

Promoting musical development in young people with learning difficulties

Led by Professor Adam Ockelford, the University of Roehampton’s Sounds of Intent national programme is investigating and promoting the musical development of young people with learning difficulties.

The framework for musical development in students with learning difficulties and autism was launched in 2012, and has since been used in 25% of special schools across the country. Sounds of Intent is now being adopted by charities and music organisations who are specifically focused on the wellbeing of children and young people, including those with conditions that can lead to physical disability such as Batten’s disease and Rett Syndrome.

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