Sound therapy helps improve quality of life

March 12, 2009 10:08:46 AM PDT
Different therapies help improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities. Sound therapy is one example. This is recommended for people with sensory integration disorder, ADHD, cognitive and learning disabilities. Sound therapy uses the same approach as auditory integration therapy which started in the 1950s. A Chicago psychiatrist who uses sound therapy has seen significant success.

Susan Bank uses sound therapy with a number of clients who have processing problems.

"Many people who have problems with concentration, attention, speech, language, articulation, actually have problems with how they process sounds," Bank said.

"This therapy examines how the ears are working and how an individual can discern the differences between sounds that are presented to them in their environment," said Bank.

An iPod with programmed selections of music is used.

"The majority of the music is Mozart, and the reason Mozart was chosen for this music is because it has a very wide spectrum of frequencies," said Bank.

Sound therapy is provided to both children and adults. There are 30 1-hour, 20-minute sessions, three times a week.

"Each section is chosen specifically for the individual. There are different stages of the sound therapy. We break it down to receptive stage and expressive stages," said Bank.

Both of Dr. Banks' children receive sound therapy. Her 5-year-old son is autistic and her 6-year-old daughter Jade has a mild sensory integration disorder.

"She is very sensitive to sounds," Bank said. "In school, when the other children in her class are noisy, for example in gym or at recess, she will often tell me that the kids are too loud or she'll want to withdrawal."

Dr. Bank says sound therapy has been quite helpful.

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