Music as a Therapy Tool

image001You may be wondering how something as simple as listening to specifically designed music can impact a wide range of activities, such as energy levels, mood, autonomic functioning, anxiety, learning, memory and communication – just to name a few.

Music that is individually implemented as a sound-based tool can be used within a Sensory Integrative Framework and in sensory diets when provided by a trained professional, most often an occupational therapist.  Music can be used throughout a variety of environments to enhance focus, attention, sensory modulation, self-regulation, spatial awareness, bilateral motor coordination, along with social skills and ability to complete daily routines.

There is research from many sources that demonstrates the impact of carefully selected music on auditory processing by providing specific sensory stimulation to impact the brain and its ability to affect behavioral and psychological states.  Examples of sound-based tools include: Therapeutic Listening, QuickShifts, and The Listening Program to name a few.

Sound-based tools are specifically designed for each child and must be implemented by a trained therapist while a child is participating in therapy as it needs to be continually monitored.

Lisa Stark-Jones, OTR, C/NDT


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