Music has the power to heal different kinds of mental and physical ailments from within. It has been used from the ancient time by great philosophers like Aristotle, Hippocrates and many more. Recent researches have also showed that music therapy is equally beneficial for disabled children. It can help them to deal with behavioral, bio-psychosocial and communication problems in a much better way in a relaxed environment and bring about a qualitative difference in their life.
Here are top six ways music is used as health aid for disabled children:
Improves Reasoning Aptitude
In the curriculum of the disabled child, inclusion of music therapy helps in creating a learning environment where they are eager to participate and learn. The music therapy room of the disabled child should be decorated nicely and have a wide range of instruments so that they are left with enough choices. Their experimentation with the music helps to develop their rational thinking ability, aptitude to analyze and come up with effective solution on their own.
Improves Speech Development
Music therapy includes not only jamming with the instruments, but also singing songs, writing lyrics and composing music. Singing song is a great way to deal with speech related problems as they have to sing with the rhythm of the song. Music therapy would also help them to come of their shell and socialize confidently.
Helps in Learning
Music is a good way for developing the auditory skills of a disabled child. Learning will be much more fun and easier with music. The rhythmic music of the songs aids in drawing attention of children, activate their mind and help them in remembering things in a much better way. Thus music can be interestingly integrated with different subjects taught to the disabled child.
Helps in Participation
Often it can be seen that the disabled children shun away from the crowd as they do not feel comfortable or confident. Music classes give them the ideal opportunity to interact with their peers, learn a new skill in an independent learning environment as well as participate to their best abilities in a formal ambiance. This helps them to emerge as much more positive person, irrespective of their disabilities.
Helps in Expressing
For the children who are visually impaired, music is a great way for expressing their emotion and for sharing their vision of the world with others. Music helps in sharpening the auditory skills of the visually challenged children which is needed for their independent survival.
Improves Physical Skill
The rhythm of the music aids in stimulating muscular response in disabled children. Music therapy can be especially helpful for treating children with neuromuscular disorder as they get the opportunity to stimulate their muscles and thereafter respond to the beat of the music without giving any additional effort. Soothing music is also extremely relaxing and helps in healing pain from within.
Therefore, music is a versatile educational tool which will help in stimulating positive responses of the disabled children. It is ideal for developing different kinds of skill sets in a children suffering from a variety of disorders like autism, learning disabilities, mental retardation, cerebral palsy and many other problems. Disability aids to help with magical healing powers of music, to give a new life to the challenged kids by helping them to surface as a better and much more confident individual.