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Movement and Music Therapy for Children

“Music and dance express what is too deep to find words for – the communication between body and soul.” Ruth St. Denis. Let Know more about Movement and Music Therapy for Children!!

Music and movement are inherent expressions of our humanity. We have been exploring these creative possibilities since the dawn of mankind. Before learning to use words, a baby relates to the world through movement and voice. In this sense, we could say that music and movement are our mother tongue. Over the last decades, there has been a substantial increase in research concerning music and movement for children with special needs. This form of therapy can involve singing, listening to music, dancing, and using various instruments, rhythms, and sounds.

Because this is a universal language, able to be interpreted regardless of verbal barriers, it benefits children on the following levels:

  • Increasing awareness and control of their own bodies.
  • Opening a safe space to express and process emotions.
  • Unleashing their creative potential.
  • Learns to trust, take risks, and be calm.
  • Nurturing a deeper connection to themselves and others.
  • Creating a sense of belonging.
  • Strengthen non-verbal communication, making eye contact, and socializing.
By offering a multi-sensory experience, moving to music engages almost every neurological system. When we create any type of music, even if it’s simply banging a drum to a specific rhythm, both sides of the brain start stimulating. Also, the tactile learning system is involving by touching the instrument and by feeling the sound impulse vibrations. Student’s auditory and visual systems are engaged by listening to the sound and by watching their arm movement as it connects with the instrument. It, therefore, becomes a “whole brain” activity that improves emotional, social and language skills. Movement and Music Therapy for Children helps students with special needs behave appropriately, relax the muscles and provide a distraction from pain anxiety and discomfort. This also fosters the development of real and meaningful friendships as participants begin to recognize and look forward to seeing each other as well as the therapist on a regular basis. Perhaps most importantly, this form of therapy makes learning fun and creates results that sing for themselves!

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