Where words and music meet: supporting those with communication difficulties - Collaborative work by Mariko Udo and Miyuki Takano -



  • 2015.03.30ANNOUNCEMENT
    We are delighted to invite you our Storytelling Workshop with Dr. Nicola Grove from the UK on May 2 and May 9. Information regarding participation will be announced shortly.
    We are currently preparing for the workshop. Information regarding participation will be announced soon.
  • 2015.03.30REPORT
    “Fusion of Words and Music” roundtable was positively received at The 26th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Developmental Psychology (Tokyo University, Hongo Campus) on March 20, 2015.


This site is made possible by the JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) issue number: 26370484), however, the project is the culmination of years of previous research as noted in “The Summary of Research”. We welcome collaboration with the general public through sharing experiences from the past and present, including opinions and criticisms, in the hopes of contributing, even just a little, to improving the quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities and who have difficulty communicating. We would like to introduce the activities (knowledge, skills, etc.) we have created based on our research, in the hopes that you will find them useful in your interactions with people with disabilities.
It is difficult to understand at a glance how people with a "disability", particularly disabilities related to communication, and their families are prone to social disadvantages, however by changing perceptions, we can show how there are plenty of positive aspects and have courage in our lives. If we can share this experience, it is my hope that we can create a community that is comfortable and accepting of all peoples.


Mariko UDO
Principal Investigator

Professor at Hyogo University of Teacher Education,
Department of Language Education

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Practical Medicine for Children with Disabilities, Pediatrics

Professor at Hyogo University of Teacher Education,
Department of Special Support Education

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Cooperative Researcher
Researcher at Kobe University,
Graduate School of Human Development
and Environment

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Research Cooperator
Music Therapy

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Mariko HARA
Research Cooperator
Music Sociology

Postdoctoral Researcher at Høgskolen i Hedmark (Norway)

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