We are pleased to share our latest evidence base with you: The Role of Music for Adults with Learning Disabilities.

This was launched in our Autumn UK Partner Newsletter, which focused on adults with learning disabilities (ALD), one of our three key client groups.

This is a historically under-represented population when it comes to research, but we have summarised the key findings from music therapy studies with adults with learning disabilities, as well as the benefits observed for participants during our skill-sharing projects, such as non-verbal communication, turn-taking and enjoyment. We also look at these alongside the UK Government’s Transforming Care programme, and its recommendations for creating ‘capable envrionments’ for people with learning disabilities.

Do you work in a setting with adults with learning disabilities? Take a look at the newsletter for musical activity ideas and a story from Darren, who takes part in music groups at our partner setting Moss Park. If you’re interested in the use of music in care, please do get in touch: freyagibbs@musicastherapy.org

[For] people with learning disabilities… making music can mean much more than simply playing an instrument, it’s about freedom, expression, aspiration and achievement.

Music and Adults with Learning Disabilities, Mencap