Music plays an important role in our lives, and we are exposed to it through various channels. It is said that children exposed to music at an early age have a clear advantage over others. Studies have in fact proven that music has a positive impact on the child, right from the womb.
Over the last decade the concept of music therapy is catching up with India. Music can help an individual cope with illness, disorders, disease or other medical conditions. Especially among children, music has a therapeutic effect and helps them improve physical and mental health. Here are some situations in which music therapy can come to your child’s aid.
Infants born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, have difficulty coping and acclimatizing to the world around them. They generally struggle with basic issues such as breathing, low birth weight and suckling reflexes. Music therapy is proven to improve growth and development in premature infants. Music soothes babies and decreases signs of neonatal distress.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is being increasingly noticed in children above the age of six. These children find it hard to concentrate on something for too long and become restless and bored easily. Music increases dopamine levels in the brain, which in turn helps to improve attention span and increase memory. Music therapy helps to build up brain muscles over time by stimulating both the right brain and the left brain.
Children with Autism are likely to be socially withdrawn. Music therapy works well among these children due to the non-verbal and non-threatening nature of this medium. It helps reduce anxiety and stabilize mood swings. Music also acts as a means of self-expression and encourages the child to be more social.
The calming and soothing effects of music can have a sedative effect in rehabilitation. It helps the person recover by drawing attention away from the pain, tension and stress that he might be facing. Also in situations of physical disability, the captivating and attention drawing qualities of music motivate the child undergoing physiotherapy or exercise to be more receptive, by easing the discomfort and strenuousness.
Many teenagers go through depression bouts due to the immense amount of pressure from the environment. Music can be a good emotional outlet and a way of expression. Especially during the fierce teenage years, music helps children give a release to their feelings. Music can improve an adolescent's mood by reducing stress and lowering anxiety levels, which can help prevent depression in the long run.
This is in fact the tip of the iceberg and there are many more ways in which music can be therapeutic. There are no negatives to music and it is something that will definitely enrich your child’s life and bring joy. Sounds like music to the ears indeed!