Little Soundabout and Soundabout Life Cards

This innovative series of cards set out simple, everyday activities that use music and sound to enrich the lives of young adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Each colourful card presents ideas that parents and others can do with the young child (Little Soundabout) or young adult (Soundabout Life) in their care, at home and when out and about.

Within each collection you will find:

  • 48 cards that set out over 200 activities involving sound and music in an accessible way, with no special skills or knowledge needed
  • The pioneering deconstructed ‘Soundabout Music Tracks’, that make music truly accessible to people with the most profound disabilities
  • Engaging videos of Soundabout Music Practitioners Will (Little Soundabout) and Karen (Soundabout Life) bringing specific cards to life.

Using the Cards

  • Try doing at least one activity involving sound or music every day if you can – don’t worry if it doesn’t always work out
  • Many of the activities can be done whenever the opportunity arises, so take one or two cards with you when you’re out and about
  • Your son or daughter, or the person you are caring for, may well appreciate plenty of repetition, so don’t be afraid to keep trying
  • Have a go at other activities that are shown on other cards at the same or a similar level
  • Activities are based on the Sounds of Intent framework of musical development framework of musical development and structured to promote an evolving sense of self, engagement with others, and an awareness of the wider world.
  • Levels 2, 3 and 4 are the most relevant for young adults with profound disabilities, and these are shown as concentric rings (see graphic 1 below)
  • There are three ways in which people can engage with sound and music: by listening (shown in pink), by singing and playing (shown in blue), and by interacting with others (shown in green)
  • Music can also promote wider development, and this is shown in the ‘Me’ framework, which has levels that correspond to Sounds of Intent (graphic 2 below)