What Makes Music Therapy Different from ADHD Treatments? #musictherapy #adhd

photo_58114_20110920Music therapy may sound very basic as it uses music to make a difference in an ADHD patient’s life. According to the American Music Therapy Association,┬áMusic Therapy is “clinical and evidenced-based” thus, professionals who are planning to use it as an intervention for their ADHD patients need the necessary training and credential before implementation of the program. A patient who is to undergo Music Therapy may be asked to listen and create music, play with musical instruments or even compose or write songs. There is no particular musical pattern that needs to be followed and the person does not even need to be musically inclined for the therapy to be successful. This is one reason why Music Therapy has been one of the most successful alternative way of ADHD treatment. Music, as what most people say is the universal language and the same principle may be applied for Music Therapy as it encompasses treatment for not only ADHD but the totality of the person.

It may sound too simple to be as successful but Music Therapy is really effective in the treatment of ADHD. This is so because many scientific evidence has been provided to prove that its effectiveness and this justifies the restriction that a licensed or trained professional is the only one who can implement this kind of intervention program. Music is very attractive to children. It suggests no threat at all for the patient and catches the patient’s attention because of his innate curiosity. Once their interest or attention has been drawn to this kind of musical intervention, then it is a good sign that the patient is most likely on the road to recovery.

On a more scientific perspective, scientists believed that Music Therapy does not only help improve the child’s overall positive impression to the therapy but it makes the brain respond and function better. Thus, the auditory stimulus and mental activity helps in the enhancement of cognitive ability as well as develop correct speech or language deficit of the child. Music therapy was also believe to make the child’s hearing ability more pronounce. Due to the rhythm of music, the child will be trained to follow a pattern or synchronize his movement that helps in the improvement of focus and impulse control. It may be considered a milestone for Science to have Music Therapy help kids with ADHD. Music is said to be a combination of order and chaos since rythm and musical pattern can either be structured or unconventional. Either way, music directly has an impact to the brain which make Music Therapy a very unique technique in dealing with patients of ADHD.


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