The Mozart Effect on Children with ADHD #adhd #musictherapy


Fractal_Art_SnowIn the 1990s, Mozart Effect was one of the most popularly known topic of scientific research especially for children with ADHD. Researchers believed in the “Mozart magic”. According to this theory, the brain is divided into the right and left hemispheres. The first one is responsible for creativity and emotion while the latter is for rythm and pitch. Thus, scientists believed that young children exposed to music can connect these two brain functions very efficiently. In effect, is a well-developed brain which brings out potential for academic success and good control of behavior and emotions.

From the time that similar studies have been released, parents flocked to record bars and bought Mozart Classical Music CDs. Although Mozart’s Classical Music does not really affect the child’s intelligence, it brings other benefits such as relaxation of the mind under stressful events, reduction of anxiousness, better medical condition for infants diagnosed with illness and effective control of behavior for children with ADHD. These findings strengthened the theory about “The Mozart Effect” and its power to transform a person’s entire well-being.

More importantly, The Mozart Effect has been tried and tested on children with learning disabilities like ADHD. Studies revealed its effect to increase concentration and memorization skills for children with ADHD. Musical Therapists normally turn to classical music for treatment of ADHD. When children with ADHD are exposed to classical music like the music of Mozart, they tend to be more calm and less impulsive. More so, children with ADHD tend to easily open up about their feelings and overcome frustrations. At the Brain Music Therapy Center in New York, Dr. Galina Mindlin experimented with brainwaves digitally converted in to classical piano music.  This validated the theory that classical musical has calming effect for children with ADHD as they gain better concentration in studying classroom materials given to them.

Perhaps, increase in the IQ of a child with ADHD is beyond the topic of discussion for those who believe in the Mozart Effect. Rather, children with ADHD should be treated with their basic needs and that is to improve their attention and behavior control. This is precisely what scientific evidences point out, that it is not yet too late for children with ADHD. Music is a universal language that even children with learning disabilities can benefit from it as they overcome the challenge they are faced with.

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