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Finding resilience through music for neurodivergent children

Kaur, Harkirat (2023) Finding resilience through music for neurodivergent children. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Kaur, Harkirat

This research paper presents a collaborative effort to design a music-making tool that seamlessly blends enjoyment with accessibility, specifically tailored to meet the needs of children with diverse abilities including those who are neurodiverse and have varying musical abilities. The study's primary objective is to provide support to children who encounter challenges in learning traditional musical instruments or who have sensory processing issues and learn their experience of using this tool. Additionally, the research explores the potential role of music therapy in this context, with a focus on how the designed tool can serve as an ideal platform for fostering creativity and self-regulation among children.

Qualitative research methods, namely participatory design and cooperative inquiry, were employed to develop and refine different aspects of the music-making tool iteratively. Active involvement and feedback from the primary participants, comprising children with diverse abilities and a music therapist, played a central role throughout the tool's development process.

The findings indicate that children responded positively to the technology, revealing diverse applications in music education, therapy, and play. Furthermore, this study identified valuable opportunities for immediate improvements in the robot's design to enhance its overall usability and effectiveness in catering to the needs of its users. The collaborative design approach and the integration of music therapy perspectives demonstrate significant potential for advancing inclusive music education, play and therapeutic interventions for children with diverse abilities.

Date: 29 August 2023
Uncontrolled Keywords: Inclusive design, neurodiversity, neurodivergent children, music therapy, robot interaction, interaction design, tangible interaction, LEGO, accessibility, human-centred design
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2023 14:13
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2023 14:13
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4161

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