A song can lighten our mood or change the course of our day. Playing music for plants and flowers helps them thrive. It is not difficult to surmise then that music is a powerful thing. This makes it easier to understand that sound can easily stimulate healing in people when used appropriately.
Sound therapy utilizes chanting, singing, bells, singing bowls, gongs, drums, chimes to positively affect the mind and body. Sound therapy is the therapeutic application of sound frequencies on a person with the intention of promoting harmony and health.
Listening regularly to therapeutic music may help restore and maintain physical and emotional well-being, improving overall health, and promoting relaxation.
Sound therapy has been used to for children that have been diagnosed with learning disabilities, autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, attention deficit disorders, sensory integration disorders, executive functioning disorders, auditory processing disorders, pervasive developmental disorder and social skills difficulties.
There are many programs available with varying approaches and time commitments. Some programs require only passive listening while others need some form of interaction or response from the listener.
Sound therapy has been said to:
-Increase auditory skills
-Reduce stress and promote relaxation
-Speed recovery from an illness or operation -Improve self-confidence and communication skills -Develop a greater sense of self
The following sites are a good place to start when considering sound therapy:
-Fast ForWord (www.scilearn.com)
-Dr. Guy Berard, (www.drguyberard.com)
ITT’s For Children, (www.ittsforchildren.com) Samonas
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Article By Nuria Almeida
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