Music Therapy for Children with ADHD in a Learning Environment Many people find that music has many beneficial uses. It is considered to have a calming and relaxing effect without regard to external surroundings. In some cases it even makes people more attentive to the task at hand. The positive effect of music is so overwhelming that many hospitals send home classical music compact discs with new babies. Many doctors also suggest reading stories and listening to music during pregnancy. One of the most important uses of music is in the area of education. Studies have shown that “music integrates both sides of the brain for more efficient learning”(www.addchoices.com). When used with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) music may be an important factor in aiding children in learning, retaining information, and communication skills. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is characterized by “a lack of attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity”(www.scips.worc.ac.uk/subjects_and_disabilities./music). Individuals with ADHD oftentimes have a difficulty with attending to and completing tasks and assignments, participating in peer and/or classroom discussions, and retaining some information. These things, as well as the other classroom distractions, can make the educational environment potentially problematic for the child and the educator. Therefore, modifications may be necessary to facilitate the individuals learning potential. One of those modifications may be the addition of music. Studies have shown that using music with children with ADHD may support behavior management and aid in their ability to focus on their learning (www.healthcentral.com/adhd). This alone should make parents and educators open to the idea of using music therapy.
It has been suggested that auditory stimulation or music therapy may be a helpful strategy when dealing with children with ADHD. According to studies completed at Temple University,...
Cited: Armstrong, Thomas. The Myth of the ADD Child: 50 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Behavior and Attention Span Without Drugs, Label or Coercion. Penguin Group, 1997. p. 98.
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