Hans Christian Anderson once said “where words fail, music speaks.”
Music is the universal language for all children because it’s just so engaging and so powerful.
One of the most unique features of music is that it is processed in both the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
“The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music”, which is the scientific study of brain-based mechanisms involved in the cognitive processes with music, shows that when making music, the following systems are all firing at once:
- Motor cortexes
A symphony in the brain!
Music therapy offers a variety of multi-sensory experiences which are particularly beneficial to all children but especially children with sensory processing difficulties.
Music therapy powerfully engages the tactile, kinesthetic, auditory and visual systems.
Certified music therapists provide a multi-sensory experience by using many different types of instruments which stimulate the auditory, visual, tactile, proprioceptive and vestibular senses.
Music therapy also provides a therapeutic stimulus for children that supports and bridges the connection between speech and singing, rhythm and motor behavior and memory for songs and memory for language processing.
In addition, music therapy is consistently able to improve the mood, attention and behaviors which ultimately create a much better environment for learning.
- Enhance cognitive functioning and memory
- Improve speech and language comprehension and verbal ability
- Encourage communication attempts (vocalization, verbalization and gestures, word vocabulary)
- Increase gross and fine motor (sensory motor) skills
- Heighten body awareness and coordination
- Increase focus and concentration skills
- Reduce anxiety and manage stress
- Alleviate pain and decrease agitation
- Encourage social interaction and bonding
- Decrease self-stimulation and negative behaviors
- Improve self-esteem and self-expression
- Enhance auditory processing
Even the unborn child benefits by listening to Mozart music in utero.
Find a certified music therapist in your area.
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