ADHD and Music Therapy #adhd #musictherapy

D30_9764Children with ADHD are not very popular in topics discussing  academic success. Normally, children with ADHD struggle with the routine classroom activities as well as in understanding new concepts introduced to them. Aside from these difficulties, children with attention deficit disorder may even be considered as a nuisance in class.  Children with ADHD are expected to have short attention span thus, they cannot easily absorb lectures nor participate in classroom activities. This is the very reason why children with attention deficit disorder needs a unique learning method and environment. To identify children with attention deficit disorder is very challenging likewise, it is difficult to find the best therapy  that is most appropriate for them.

Consequently, some educational psychologists believed that students with ADHD can focus on the tasks given to them as long as it is within their area of interest. With the aid of classical music, they are able to control their behavior and focus on the task given to them. In fact, some scientific studies have provided evidences that music can be beneficial for students with learning disabilities such as ADHD, those with emotional problems, individuals with psychiatric disorder and patients of terminal illness. Scientists believed that music therapy may aid in some learning disability problems which cannot be solved by traditional therapeutic techniques.

Research have shown that synchronization of the brainwaves with music is related to controlled behavior of children with learning disabilities. In particular, slow music relaxes the mind while rapid beat can hone the concentration. This further proves that music is really connected with the subconscious as much as you recall the positive emotions brought about by your favorite romantic song or how much you want to dance when a popular dance song is played. One controversial research in 1993 is the “Mozart Effect” which hypothetically assumes that playing music of Mozart can actually enhance attention span and lessen the occurrence of epileptic attacks. Until now, it is still being debated whether music of Mozart has a direct effect or whether it is the calming effect when listening to music that enhances these disorders. Whatever the scientific explanation is, one thing is for sure — music can trigger various emotions and has a significant effect especially those with learning disabilities.

Music therapy is still a topic yet to be discovered. But, the current research findings is suffice to support that it has beneficial effects  not only children with ADHD but to other individuals undergoing mental and mood difficulties. Thus, classroom routines accompanied with music can enhance children’s capability of coping with stress and ability to focus on the tasks provided for them.

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