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The therapeutic approach to ADHD is usually done from the psychological, educational and pharmacological fields. But there are some activities that can serve as support and complement to these therapies, (they do not replace them in any case).
Problems related to self-esteem and negative self-image are usually common in these children ("I'm bad", "things don't go well almost never" ...), so they provide activities in which ADHD does not be the personal "brand" will be very beneficial to them. One of these activities can be music or music therapy. It is music therapy for ADHD children.
Music therapy can be defined as the use of music or its elements, to promote and facilitate communication, relationships, learning, movement and expression, satisfying the physical, emotional, mental, social and cognitive needs of the child or the girl ”(international association of music therapy).
Music as a means of expression and communication favors the emotional development of the child, as well as an integral development. Music provides benefits for both sensory, emotional, cognitive, motor, language or memory development, and serves as a stimulus for creativity and thought.
Specifically, some of the benefits of music for children with ADHD can be:
- Helps them relax, to channel your energy, to regulate your breathing.
- Benefits on processes attention and concentration, improves the control of impulsive behaviors.
- Develops, or rather, encourages them to give free rein to their creativity and imagination.
- In turn, capacities such as memory or observation.
- On an emotional level, music can serve as a channel to express their emotions and feelings, identify emotional states through music, or mood regulation.
- Being a pleasant activity that also helps them express themselves in another way, it can also help them improve your self esteem and the perception of themselves.
- In the social sphere, it helps them in difficult tasks for them such as taking turns, interacting and communicating with their peers, and developing basic social skills.
- For some children, music can help concentrate better. According to some research, doing homework to music helps them focus more than absolute silence.
In general, music helps them channel their energy, and favors their attention and concentration on a task. If we talk about playing an instrument, for example, this requires on the one hand to be very attentive, (I have to follow a melody at the same time that I have to produce a sound with my instrument, and that it is integrated with the other instruments, for example). All this is also complemented by the pleasure that the creation process always supposes.
But above all and most importantly, are the benefits it has for the emotional area of the child. The child with ADHD does not usually have successful experiences (because he interrupts, makes noise, moves, does not control himself, he forgets things ...) but the musical experience can help him to experience positive situations, in which he knows how to wait , in which he can express himself as he is, in which he concentrates and attends, and this can help him to think positively about himself, (if I am capable of this, I am capable of more things).
In summary, although in the treatment of ADHD, behavioral, educational and sometimes pharmacological therapy is necessary, there are other complementary options that we can take into account when working with a child with this disorder.
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