Self-directed Study Sheet 14

Context: Nicholas is blind and severely developmentally delayed, with little speech and echolalia. Here, he is listening to part of Soundabout Music Tracks.

  1. Observation: Think about what you see and hear in the video.
  2. Interpretation: What can you reasonably infer about the person's musical engagement?
  3. Assessment: Suggest a Sounds of Intent Level and Domain.

Nicholas listens intently to the patterns. He anticipates the voice (’Ma, ma, ma, ma’), and when the sound comes, it makes him giggle. This shows that he can process simple patterns in sound of repeated notes, indicating engagement at Level 3, Reactive (R.3): ‘reacts to simple patterns in sound’.