Music therapy is a type of therapy that intertwines music with its therapeutic techniques. Music therapy is proven to help people with Down Syndrome to improve with social and communication skills, coordination skills, and learning skills. Today, we’ll share a bit more information on how music therapy enhances the life of people with special needs.
Tuesday, April 22nd
Research supports evidence that shows that music therapy helps to benefit:
• Social and Communication Skills
Some of the ways it helps people with Down’s to better communicate is through group music lessons. Group music lessons help them have fitting social interactions, encourage positive social development, and increase their self-esteem.
More so, a group setting allows special needs children to meet new people, strengthening their social skills.
• Motor and Coordination Skills
People with Down’s have a more challenging time understanding the concept of movement and timing. Rhythm helps improve those skills. In addition, the repetition of tasks helps improve their motor skills, hand-eye coordination, articulation, and pacing.
Music therapy is also proven to help kids with Down’s develop fine motor skills. It also improves self-help skills, upper extremity strength, coordination, and muscle control.
• Memory and Learning
By combining lessons into songs, people with Down Syndrome have an easier time learning and remembering concepts. In addition, it’s been proven that combining important information into a song helps them enhance memory and cognitive abilities.
Music therapy is also used as a mnemonic device that helps people with Down syndrome remember critical or small details.
This article is a re-post, with minor modifications, of “Music Therapy Enhances The Lives of People With Down Syndrome” published on incadence.org