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As a child develops and grows, sometimes their sensory systems struggle to integrate, process and respond to stimuli, resulting in Sensory Processing Disorder. Parents may see their child seek out (creating loud bangs, rocking back and forth, etc) or avoid (covering ears/eyes frequently, resisting hugs, etc) specific sensory experiences. Several elements of music may be used to help an individual receive and respond to information from our world:

  • It engages multiple senses at once (aural, touch, balance, and yes, vision).
  • It is highly predictable and repetitious.
  • It can provide many different types of sounds and tactile sensations with different instruments.
  • It can be communal.

These are just a few aspects of music that have been shown to be useful with receiving and responding to sensory information. In addition to that, music therapists are trained to create an atmosphere that is not too overstimulating for a child.

If you would like to learn more, our team members Kristin and Becky teamed up with STAR Institute to go more in-depth about the process of utilizing music for sensory needs. You can find that information at: https://members.spdstar.org/store/viewproduct.aspx?id=17310645&fbclid=IwAR2wBGHe6H0YRz0nyCMAuFGcxFwTko6wH_CxVb6GSrtSNJa0ZBWxcuLb0IU