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Multihandicap

Age of development

Deaf-blindness, paralysis associated to sensorial damages, different damages followed to syndromes etc.

Aims

In case of multihandicap (deaf-blindness, paralysis associated to sensorial damages, difficult and subjective situations…) it is possible to observe how Body Resonance together with Clinical Improvisation at the piano implemented in the method of Circular Relationship is efficient and sometimes irreplaceable. More the problems are complicated and for this evident, more the attention of the professionals working in music therapy is increased. Every child affected by a multihandicap is unique. The empathetic listening and the dialogue based on melodies and tunes recall the emotions lived in the mother’s womb. A gesture, a movement, apparently done unintentionally become the starting point to show to the child that he is welcomed and listened to. The sonorities of the piano which wrap and make the child co-vibrate in all his corporeity evoke “Beautiful” experiences, those lived in the “First Orchestra”. The answer of the child to what is “Beautiful” is the open way to go towards a mutual knowledge. The child acts, according to his ( visual, auditive kinaesthetic) perceptions. Only through the respect of “his” way of being and of feeling, it will be possible to know HOW the child goes on in the exploration and in knowledge.

Scientific Aspects

Body Resonance overcomes the barriers which words and caresses can meet. If body resonance was obtained by the listening of recorded music, with vibrant footboards or amplification cases, it would have nothing to do with live improvised music. The music therapist listens and welcomes the child and he demonstrates it playing. He “Talks” to the child in an emotional, direct and immediate way. The reaction to body resonance is the spontaneous relax which does not take long to occur. This is the message that indicates that the child is listening. The presence of the co-therapist who touches, caresses and massages the child – which means acting on the corporeity and its co-vibration coming from the clinical improvisation at the piano – recalls the original singing, the dialogue, the fact of not being alone. The child through himself (change of muscle tone, breath, look, and the way of listening) shows his emotions, his feelings towards life. In this way, he starts to make his voice, his going on and his existing heard.

The videos proposed

Video 1
Diagnosis at the age of 5: deafness, tetras paresis (due to mother’s rubella), autism.
Present situation: the boy works in a company.
Learning to listen and to read to play has been useful to R. to conquer self-esteem and self-confidence.