Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Music Therapy for Learning Disability

I previously posted on my other blog about Learning Disability: A Mental Disorder? and experts  have varying explanations about the thin line between Learning Disability and Mental Disorder. 

According to Larry B. Silver, MD, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, LD is not a mental disease. He further said, " Learning Disability is not a mental illness. Learning Disabilities are neurologically-based. They result from “faulty wiring” in specific areas of the brain. These disabilities will impact on an individual’s ability to process and to use information and, thus, can impact on this individual’s ability to be successful with reading, writing, math, and other learning tasks."  

But, according to Learning Disabilities Organization, about 20-40% of those who have Learning Disability have mental disorder like autism. 

So, it is wiser to seek experts to properly assess your kid whether the medical condition of your kid warrants a learning disability or a mental disorder instead.

So, how can music help address Learning Disability? While a traditional classroom can put extra pressure on the kids with LD, interventions like music can help them relax and learn at the same time. 

Music is believed to have effects on the following:

  • Cognitive disabilities. Study shows that music can improve Math skills and cognition by 40%. 
  • Speech and language difficulty.  Dylexia for instance can be helped by breaking spellings into notes and clappings into syllables  among others.
  • ADHD/LD - Learning through music books, diverting hyperactivity through music classes with musical instruments they can work on  like piano, violin or focusrite solo among others. 
There are singers or musicians who have learning disability but are doing well. Learning disability cant be cured but can be addressed properly and kids with LD still do have a bright future with them ahead. We just have to help them and music can be one. 

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