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"Music therapy is another natural remedy option that some parents may wish to explore. There is some research supporting the effect of music in calming and focusing, though specific ADHD treatment studies are few and far between. You can find meditative music just about anywhere, though there are other audio tracks that work specifically on tuning to certain frequencies and rhythms to produce an effect."
Through research at Stanford University School of Medicine, a team of experts discovered a relationship between music and the part of the brain that is linked to paying attention.
"The goal of the study was to look at how the brain sorts out events, but the research also revealed that musical techniques used by composers 200 years ago help the brain organize incoming information."
"Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are caused by a deficiency in the transmission system which relays messages between cells in various parts of the brain. Gently stimulating the frontal lobe with sound therapy can correct the auditory processing problems, helping children to curb their impulsiveness and focus."
"For individuals with ADHD and/or behavior disorders, music therapy provides a unique variety of music experiences in an intentional and developmentally appropriate manner to effect changes in behavior, increase on-task behavior and facilitate development of skills."
- The literature reports that individuals with ADHD and/or behavior disorders can respond positively to music
- The structure and sensory input inherent in music help to establish response and role expectations, positive interactions, and organization.
- Music is motivating and enjoyable.
- Music can promote relatedness, relaxation, learning, and self-expression.
- Music therapy addresses multiple developmental issues simultaneously.
- Music therapy can provide success-oriented opportunities for achievement and mastery.
"While behavioral counseling is not a natural remedy in the form of something you can take or eat, it is one of the most useful and successful methods in treating ADHD successfully."
ADHD Parent Support
"The study suggests one possible adaptive evolutionary purpose of music. Music engages the brain over a period of time and the process of listening to music could be a way that the brain sharpens its ability to anticipate events and sustain attention."
Jonathan Berger PhD
"The ear muscles become lazy and unresponsive and must be stimulated in order to regain the capacity to tune into the desired sound. This process (Music Therapy) reduces stress and tension in the whole nervous system as the child becomes able to attend to a chosen stimulus instead of being constantly distracted by every sound in the environment."
"Music captures and helps maintain attention. It is highly motivating and engaging and may be used as a natural reinforcer for desired responses. Music therapy can stimulate clients to reduce negative responses and increase participation in more appropriate and socially acceptable ways."
"Music therapy allows individuals with ADHD and/or behavior disorders the opportunity to develop identification and appropriate expression of their emotions."