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The Sounds of Music: Supporting Learning During Mealtimes

Duration:72 minutes

Abstract:

When children are uncomfortable from physical, sensory or gastrointestinal challenges, their stress increases. Their ability to learn decreases. Therapy takes longer and progress is slower. Music can contribute to feeding therapy and mealtimes. Research supports the use of music and sound in all areas of learning. Music can increase the rhythmic organization of movement, sucking, swallowing, biting and chewing. It can reduce sensory discomfort and enhance sensory organization. It can reduce stress levels for both the child and feeder. Music contributes to improving sleep patterns and focus of attention for learning. Parents and therapists can select music to support the feeding needs of specific children.

This presentation helps participants understand how to select and use different types of music. It asks the questions: a. "What do I want?" b. "How can sound or music help me move toward what I want?" c. "What specific type of sound or music can I choose? d. Why?" Videos and experiential activities with music increase the practical understanding of these concepts.

Objectives 
  • To describe how music and sound can to be used to support learning, stress reduction and feeding skills for infants and children with Pediatric Feeding Disorders. 
  • To select and utilize appropriate types of music and sound that match the needs of specific children and therapeutic feeding and mealtime goals.
Price $30

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