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Music Therapy For ADHD

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Zachariah McBride

on 28 October 2013

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Music Therapy For ADHD
Music = Structure +
Order + Focus

Binaural Beats
The Mozart Effect
Types of ADHD/ADD
Combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive
Show symptoms of both hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive problems.
Most children have the combined type of ADHD.
What is Music Therapy?
According to the American Music Therapy Association "Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program."
I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.

Billy Joel

Music Therapy interventions are used to:
Promote Wellness
Manage Stress
Alleviate Pain
Express Feelings
Enhance Memory
Improve Communication
Promote Physical Rehabilitation
Help Focus
"Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).(n.d)" NIMH RSS.
National Institute of Mental Health, Web.


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Bruscia, Kenneth E. 1987. Improvisational Models of Music Therapy. Springfielf,IL; Charles C. Thomas Publications.

Rauscher, Shaw, & Ky (1993). Music and spatial task performance. Nature, 365, 611. Retrieved May 17, 2010 from http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/365611a0

University of Vienna (2010, May 10). Mozart’s music does not make you smarter, study finds. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 17, 2010, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2010/05/100510075415.htm

Benefits to use Music Therapy to Help with ADHD?
Why is it important to treat ADHD?
Parents report that approximately 9.5% of children 4-17 years of age (5.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2007.
Workers with ADHD were more likely to have at least one sick day in the past month compared to workers without ADHD.
Parents of children with a history of ADHD report almost 3 times as many peer problems as those without a history of ADHD (21.1% vs. 7.3%).
ADHD Children show report cards and tests that are highly inconsistent grades across subjects.
ADHD Self Assessment
If you answered yes to 6 of these questions, it is likely that you* have attention deficit hyperactive disorder.

There are many ways to help alleviate the symptoms of ADHD though allopathic and CAM therapy's such as Music Therapy.

*Adults who think they may have ADD should consult with a physician or other licensed mental health practitioner.
The use of improvisation in music therapy is critical in that it allows the therapist to connect with the patient under the commonality of the music they are creating together.
Interesting Facts
ADHD was once called Minimal brain dysfunction.
ADHD in boys (13.2%) Girls (5.6%)
Pregnant women who smoke potentially are at risk for their child to have ADHD
Music is listened if not more so to give us energy than drinking coffee on a regular basis.
Genetics can play a role into having ADHD 25-35%
Music is the way to showcase your personality to the world no matter what conditions you might go through daily.
Music therapy lightens our soul and brings each beat to our hearts going to a place where we are all considered to be one.
Creating Music Together
“Joint action leads to joint perspectives,” they write. “In other words, singers may change their egocentric perspective of the world to a we-perspective, which causes them to perceive the world from the same point of view.”
Music therapy
Therapeutical Art of healing through:
Its all about self interaction with music
music helps activate brain muscles
Music brings creativity
Rehearsal and rhythmic tasks.
Music brings pleasure
Music Therapy has no side effects.
Music and Stress Management /relaxation
Music Therapy and Social atmosphere
Music therapy helps with self-esteem
Learning a musical instrument develops patience
Why use music therapy for ADHD?

What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood.
Symptoms include difficulty focusing and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity
Easily distracted, miss/forget details and frequently switch from one activity to another.
Daydream and become easily confused.
Have difficulty focusing on one thing
Fidget and squirm in their seats
Talk nonstop
Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities.
Often interrupt conversations or others' activities.
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