Effectiveness of music therapy on reading skills of pupils with intellectual disability

Udeme Samuel Jacob, Jace Pillay

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Abstract

Objective: Reading is an indispensable skill. The study investigated the effects of music therapy on the reading skills of pupils with intellectual disability. Methods: An experimental research design was used. The sample was purposively selected from two special schools for pupils with intellectual disability in Ibadan, Nigeria. Seventeen pupils were randomly assigned to two groups (music therapy and control groups). Eighteen sessions of music therapy were conducted with the experimental group only. The Reading Skills Test was used before and after the intervention to collect data. Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) was used for data analysis. Results: The data indicated that there was a significant statistical difference between pre-test and post-test results. The interaction effect of treatment and parents’ socio-economic status was not significant for the participants’ reading. Conclusion: Music therapy enhanced the reading skills of pupils with intellectual disability and should be adopted in teaching pupils with intellectual disability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-265
Number of pages15
JournalCypriot Journal of Educational Sciences
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Music therapy
  • Parents’ socio-economic status
  • Pupils with intellectual disability
  • Reading skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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