Dyspraxia and Sound Therapy

Young boy listening to Sound Therapy on his Mini MX2

Dyspraxia affects the planning of movement: what to do and how to do it. It is associated with problems of perception, language and thought. Sound Therapy can help remedy dyspraxia by strengthening the affected parts of the brain.

The term "dyspraxia" comes from the words "dys", meaning "abnormal or impaired", and "praxis", which means "doing, or acting". Other names for Dyspraxia include Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), Perceptuo-Motor Dysfunction, and Motor Learning Difficulties. It used to be known as Minimal Brain Damage or Clumsy Child Syndrome.

Developmental Dyspraxia is a neurologically based disorder - an immaturity in the way the brain processes information in the motor cortex, which results in messages relating to movement not being properly or fully transmitted to the body. This motor planning difficulty is present from birth. For the majority of those with Dyspraxia, there is no known cause. Current research suggests that it is due to an immaturity of neurone development in the brain rather than brain damage. People with Dyspraxia have no clinical neurological abnormality to explain their condition.

Dyspraxics may have other difficulties that are not due to Dyspraxia itself but often co-exist with it. This includes , Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Asperger's Syndrome and Dyscalculia (difficulty with mathematical concepts), as they all have some degree of auditory processing difficulties difficulties.

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Dyspraxic children are usually of average or above average intelligence. As you can imagine, having Dyspraxia and not being able to get your body to do what you want it to do, when you want it to do it (such as talking properly or throwing a ball correctly) can be very frustrating to a child! People with Dyspraxia often have low self-esteem, and may have depression, mental health problems and emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Symptoms of Dyspraxia

You can recognise a child with Dyspraxia if they exhibit the following signs.

A pre-school child:

A school-age child:

Using Sound Therapy to help treat Dyspraxia

Sound Therapy is a home based program used during daily activities on a portable player. Children listen through earphones to specially filtered classical music, stories and poems which have been selected for their educational value. The filtering process, using a specialist device designed by Dr Tomatis (called the "Electronic Ear"), adds tonal changes and extra high frequency sounds to stimulate the entire auditory system.

Sound Therapy can help with the treatment of dyspraxia because it assists development of the cortex by stimulating new brain connections.

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There are 3 types of developmental dyspraxia: Oral Dyspraxia, Verbal Dyspraxia, and Motor Dyspraxia. Here's how Sound Therapy can assist with each of these types of dyspraxia:

Oral Dyspraxia

Oral Dyspraxia causes children to not be able to reproduce mouth movements.

A child with Oral Dyspraxia may not be able to put their tongue up to the top of their mouth when asked, even though they do this unconsciously.

These difficulties in making and co-ordinating the precise movements, which are used in the production of spoken language, can result in severe and persisting speech production difficulties.

How Sound Therapy can help:

Sound Therapy improves cerebellar integration, assisting with the coordination of different sensory and motor systems.

Sound Therapy Family Program

Which Sound Therapy International Program should I use?

The Family Program is the best option for oral dyspraxia, with the widest range of frequencies for stimulation plus the "Let's Recite' album for children to speak along with to improve their verbal coordination.

Children can listen to Sound Therapy at home, at school, or even while sleeping.

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Verbal Dyspraxia (Apraxia)

Verbal Dyspraxia is an impairment in speech processing system, which affects their ability to make sound-letter links and to carry out phonological awareness tasks (e.g. segmenting, blending, rhyming etc) essential for literacy acquisition. Their speech may be immature or unintelligible in early years, and language may be impaired or late to develop. Spelling is usually more affected than reading.

Children with Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia have difficulty in making sounds or making sounds into words. For example, a child with Verbal Dyspraxia might have trouble producing sounds in the beginning, middle or end of words such as 'sh'. When trying to say "shop" it might come out as bop, regardless of how hard they try to produce the sound/word correctly.

Verbally Dyspraxic children need specific training and cueing systems with lots of repetition and drill. It is highly unlikely that they will learn these passively through the environment or via correcting errors in their conversational speech. The longer a child communicates with disordered speech, the greater the frustration and the greater the chance the difficulties will impact on their academic literacy skills.

How Sound Therapy can help:

Sound Therapy improves processing speed, making it easier to comprehend and reproduce a quick sequence of sounds.

Sound Therapy substitutes for a fair part of repetitive drill by building the brain connections in a much easier way. If it is used in conjunction with speech or movement therapy the effect of both will be enhanced.

It is very important to introduce Sound Therapy early to help correct this difficulty as much as possible before schooling begins. If a child is trying to catch up on speech without Sound Therapy it is like trying to run without properly developed feet. Sound Therapy may help to put in place the necessary neurological connections and processing ability so that learning speech then comes naturally.

Many parents observe that within a week or so of beginning Sound Therapy their children begin using new words and longer sentences and have better articulation.

My son Jamie was diagnosed, at age three, as haing "Severe Speech Dyspraxia". This disorder, I was told, would mean years of intensive speech therapy.
I started Jamie on Sound Therapy and found after a short time his progress with his speech therapy increased. Jamie used Sound Therapy for 3 months and continued speech therapy for another year. I firmly believe that without the Sound Therapy his progress would have been much slower.
Janice
Sound Therapy Family Program

Which Sound Therapy International Program should I use?

The Family Program is the best option for verbal dyspraxia, with the widest range of frequencies for stimulation plus the "Let's Recite' album for children to speak along with to improve their verbal coordination.

Children can listen to Sound Therapy at home, at school, or even while sleeping.

Get started with Sound Therapy now!

Motor Dyspraxia

Motor Dyspraxia inhibits an individual from moving as planned and organising sensory input. Physical activities are hard to learn, difficult to retain and and the child is hesitant and awkward in their performance. There may also be difficulty in planning and organising thoughts.

Motor Dyspraxia used to be referred to as "Clumsy Child Syndrome", however it is now recognised as having a specific neurological cause.

How Sound Therapy can help:

Sound Therapy may be one of the most direct and effective ways of addressing this disorder. It improves motor praxis (planning and implementation of movement) by stimulating the cerebellum. It activates the efferent (descending motor) pathways of the ear and this also affects movement and coordination as the ear is integrally linked with many other parts of the nervous system.

Sound Therapy strengthens and stimulates the reorganization of brain pathways and reinforces short term memory. The use of Sound Therapy can dramatically enhance any movement therapy also being implemented.

Sound Therapy Family Program

Which Sound Therapy International Program should I use?

Any level 1 Sound Therapy program is suitable for improving motor dyspraxia, however the Family Program offers the most variety for children.

Children can listen to Sound Therapy at home, at school, or even while sleeping.

Get started with Sound Therapy now!