Among the many benefits of doing jigsaw puzzles, these three points stand out.

jigsaw puzzle at teacherjulie.com
1. Physical Skills: as the child manipulates the puzzle pieces to fit together, eye-hand coordination as well as fine-motor skills are developed.

2. Cognitive Skills: memory enhancement, problem-solving, shape and color recognition are just a few learning skills enhanced during jigsaw puzzle activities.

3. Emotional Development: for those who are having difficulty putting the puzzle pieces together, patience is slowly being developed as the child puts the pieces together.

Jigsaw puzzle activities can also be given as a goal setting objective that progresses from a few pieces to multiple pieces as the child becomes more adept with the activity.

One of the key factors in observing children we think may or may not have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder would be hand movements: finger tapping, hand tapping on surfaces that may produce sounds, like that of a drummer on drums.

They may use a pen to tap on the table or just tap a finger using the nail to create a sound. They may appear listless, touching, twirling, clapping, drumming on invisible drums, strumming invisible guitars, fiddling and all sorts of things that they may do with their hands, they would.

It seems annoying to those looking at them. These hand movements can be used with other actions and tasks that will make them concentrate and pay attention to. One of these activities would be drumming. Whether these drums are those box-looking beat boxes, purchased remo kintekloth tubano key-tuned at musicians friend or the regular drum set, these children may find a way to keep these hand movements positive and enjoyable.

Below is a short video on ADHD and finger tapping:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/video/adhd-finger-tapping-12924112

One of the things parents and caregivers have these children diagnosed with ADHD would be music and drumming. According to a Psychology Today article:

• Music and drumming: The brain activity is often sonar-driven for stimulation and I have developed specific drumming CDs that we have shown to heighten the frontal lobe activity consistently. […] My point is that there many types of rhythmic music that would accomplish this neurological process.

Other activities in the article made mention of:

  • chewing gum
  • breathing patterns
  • exercising (get them involved in sports)
  • eating the right food (diet of high proteins (at least 50%) and complex carbohydrates every morning – no sugar)

I looked for more articles supporting the idea of drumming for children diagnosed with ADHD and read about this interesting topic.

Zoe Kessler, had an 8-week drumming course for children at risk.

One boy stood out from the rest. He was louder, antsy-er and even more hyperactive than the others, and of course, he won my heart. One day, he was even worse than usual. After class, I approached him.

“So, what’s up?” I asked.

“I forgot to take my medication today,” he said.

“Ohhhh … I get it,” I said.

And he knew that I knew what he was talking about. Knew first-hand. And that there was no judgment, only camaraderie. If only I’d had an adult around like that when I was a kid, I thought. I’m trying to give these kids what I didn’t get when I was an out-of-control, misunderstood, hyperactive ADHD kid. I let them get up and dance, shout, parade around the room with drums, and be kinesthetic in their learning.

Mark Lucas believes drumming lessons can help children with ADHD and had designed programs to help these children learn drumming.

For parents of children diagnosed with ADHD, providing them with activities that will transfer their bountiful energy  in activities that will make them move and at the same time concentrate are a big help in helping them manage their behavior.

The word auditory pertains to hearing.

Here are a few information regarding the word auditory when it comes to learning and language development. There are several intervention methods to improve auditory training to be able to maximize the full learning potential of people, most especially those with needing intervention services. 

Aside from undergoing occupational therapy and speech and language therapy with (some) focus on the auditory processes in relation with learning and other developmental concerns, there is an alternative intervention method to improving auditory skills: Auditory Integration Training.

What is Auditory Integration Training? Auditory Integration Training is a method of retraining the ear. AIT was developed in the mid1900’s by Dr. Guy Berard. Dr. Guy Berard is a French ENT doctor who developed Auditory Integration Training to initially correct genetically induced hearing loss.

What does AIT do? AIT is one of the alternative intervention methods that parents can avail for their children who were diagnosed with special needs and needing intervention and therapy.

AIT uses filtered and modulated music to help:

1. Normalize and improve hearing distortions.

2. How children perceive sounds as they develop is very important as this can affect the way they acquire their language skills. Any abnormalities in verbal perception will result in an inaccurate imitation of sound.

3. Improve sensory processing (which is very important for children with sensory issues). Children who have difficulty integrating and interpreting internal and external sensory cues will encounter difficulty in learning to communicate.

4. Improve the ways in which the brain processes auditory information. This in turn impacts on the different areas of the brain that controls the different senses and systems of the body.

5. Stimulate the auditory (as well as vestibular) and neurological systems. The vestibular and auditory systems are closely related and difficulties in this area can impact on speech and language development.

6. Improve sensory overload tolerance and reduce self-stimulating behaviors.

7. Diminishes or resolves behaviors related to sensory defensiveness. People who are sensory defensive often react negatively to or experience anxiety to sensory input that is generally considered harmless to other people. Both painful and uncomfortable, it can impair one’s ability to attend to daily tasks. Example: a child may refuse to join a loud party, have a haircut, or be orally defensive (in the case of an extremely picky eater).

8. Improve speech and language.

9. Improve behavior and learning.

10. Improve mood and social skills.

11. Improve comprehension which impacts on learning which may lead to better academic performance.

What types of problems does AIT (plus other intervention services) help with? In 1998 the US FDA evaluated and approved Auditory Integration Training as a safe and effective way in improving impairments in auditory discrimination associated with the following diagnosis:

  1. Autism Spectrum Disorder
  2. Asperger’s Syndrome
  3. Pervasive Developmental Disoder
  4. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  5. Attention Deficit Disorder
  6. Central Auditory Processing Disorder
  7. Learning Disabilities like Dyslexia, Non-Verbal Learning Disorders, Language Delays and Communication Disorders
  8. Those with Sensory Processing Disorders, Hyperlexia, and Sensory issues  can also benefit from AIT

To know more about Auditory Integration Training, contact Sound Therapy Learning Center

Sound Therapy Learning Center Unit 7 3rd Floor, The Promenade Building 198 Wilson St. Corner P. Guevarra 1006 San Juan, Metro Manila
Telephone: (02) 775-8100 Mobile: (0917) 887-7852
Email: bridging2worlds@gmail.com
Website: http://soundtherapy.ph/
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