How can Music Therapy help?
About ADHD & ADD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Studies and clinical practice have shown that children with ADHD are better able to focus and pay more attention to what they are doing when they are feeling relaxed and not under pressure
Does your child or someone you care for has ADHD?
Does your child’s teacher or preschool leader have concerns about their attention?
Is your child finding it difficult to stay focused to learn?
Do they tend to have difficulty controlling their activity levels?
Are there concerns around their behaviour?
If you answered 'Yes' to any of these questions, then Music Therapy can help.
A formal diagnosis can only be obtained from a paediatrician or psychologist but Music Therapy can help to address some of the underlying difficulties and provide strategies, regardless of whether the diagnosis has been made.
Using practices which are person-centred and psychodynamically oriented, we strive to help each one of our clients reach their optimal potential.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) usually present in childhood and can continue into adulthood.
Symptoms include inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity.
While most children will behave like this at some stage, those symptoms associated with ADHD are ones which tend to be more long term and are considered disruptive and inappropriate for the child's age or developmental level.
As the child grows, their symptoms may lead to difficulties with their relationships and employment.
Music Therapy is being successfully used to help children and adults with ADHD, enhancing capability in four key areas:
Reduces anxiety levels
Encourages relaxation, thereby enhancing the person's ability to focus and better attend on task
Decreases levels of stress and agitation
Improves sleeping patterns
Encourages communication and socially appropriate behaviour
Promotes necessary interactive behaviours (attention, eye contact, turn taking, listening) through active music making
Promotes connection with the therapist and/or group
Encourages parent-child bonding
Provides an excellent opportunity for children and adults to express themselves through singing, song writing and instrument playing
Helps evoke the expression of deep emotions and a sense of achievement and pride
Helps the client explore their own creativity
Increases motivation, confidence and self-esteem through song writing, singing and recording
Attention / Task Orientation
Enhances learning and helps to build attention, focus and retention by engaging clients in enjoyable and purposeful experiences
Assists in transitions, providing structure and familiarity
Decreases impulsive behaviors and restlessness in the classroom or other social environments.