Guest post by Bette Miles-Holleman As a parent of two children on the Autistic Spectrum, I am always looking for ways to help them achieve their full potential. During my research, I read about Music Therapy and its applications for children (and adults) with learning challenges. Music, with its powerful effect to stimulate the brain by triggering memories and emotional responses, can also help special needs children physically, by improving relaxation, muscle coordination and range of motion, and a host of other positive benefits. Studies show that Music Therapy is particularly effective for children with Autism, as well as dyslexia and ADD/ADHD. Music Therapy can include singing, playing an instrument alone or in a group, or just listening to various music selections. Some children with learning challenges show great musical abilities, so why not encourage them in a pastime they can both enjoy as well as learn from?
My kids, Ben and Hannah, have been taking music lessons for the past year. Since then, their speech has dramatically improved. Ben, who plays the snare drum, had a stutter that has completely disappeared, and our budding pianist Hannah's sentence structure and pronunciation have gone up exponentially.Music has helped them in their school work, too. Their concentration levels are longer and more intense, and they can work without interruption to finish their homework. Ben plays with a local bagpipe and drum band, and Hannah studies the Suzuki Piano Method through our local junior college. Bette Miles-Holleman is a home schooling mother of of 5, living on the West Coast. She is editor/CEO of Beauty Culture Magazine, a Giant Squid lensmaster on Squidoo, and is a guest contributor on many websites such as DealingWithLearningDisorders and HealthyFoodForHealthyLiving.com. NOTE FROM JUDY VORFELD: Here's a dynamic article on Music Therapy published yesterday in the Washington Post.