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 Therapy for developmental disabilities

Music for the body, the soul and mental well-being

Given the fact that we live in a society that is making exceptionally rapid progress, it can be said that, day in and day out, each aspect of our lives gets influenced by it. And not only our lives, but also everything that has to do with our well-being in general, including both the conventional and alternative medicine, and all the methods and techniques they encompass are also influenced.

One of such methods that has proven to be extremely effective is the music therapy. It has found special application in the treatment and remediation, as well as education of those children and grown ups who suffer from specific developmental disabilities. What must be particularly emphasized is the fact that the therapeutic approach in question produces extremely satisfactory results in improving skills and skill areas of utmost importance to the people suffering from specific kind of disability such as mental retardation, autism-spectrum disorders, Rett/Williams Syndrome, various learning disabilities, attachment disorder, cerebral palsy and alike.

Application and uses

Given the fact that this specific therapeutic method encompasses quite a number of practices in continuation of this article will be mentioned only those more essential areas in which musical therapy has found sturdy application and produced exceptional results. Since each therapy predominantly depends upon the specific nature of the condition of the individual in question, each recommendation is to be carefully reviewed and properly employed for treatment purposes.

  • Cognitive skills – in this regard, it has been discovered that the therapy in question provides exceptional means for attention stimulation and improvement of focus. In addition. it holds immense potential and abundance of benefits for such individuals who do not respond to any other intervention. Furthermore, given the versatile nature of music as such, it has been also deemed as a quite essential learning tool in the sense that, for example, repetition accompanied by music can be much more productive and enjoyable, come to that.
  • Physical skills – what have research studies discovered is that rhythm has the ability to stimulate and organize muscle response, from which those individuals suffering from neuromuscular disorders can benefit to a great extent.
  • Communication skills – is yet another area in which music therapy has found its utmost effective use. Namely, it is known to be highly effective at stimulating and motivating speech and in providing exceptional grounds for nonverbal communication.

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