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Music, Neoroplasticity and Auditory Processing

Something I have always found fascinating is that music has shown to actually change the brains physical structure and connectivity between the right and left hemispheres. Though research doesn't fully understand all the therapeutic benefits of music, it does theorize that simply listening and singing and engaging in music in childhood lays down a framework for which memory, language and executive functioning skills can thrive.  Young brains are ever changing which is a huge benefit for children who may have auditory processing challenges. Why? Because the brain can be taught to process sounds and language correctly by providing repetitive, relevant stimuli.  Music also challenges the brain to listening for patterns and differentiate sound and tones. Music also provides deep-seated interactions between which may support language delays. So when your music maker is creating music at Rise those brains are receiving optimal musical exercises in music therapy!

- Laura Ganguli, Board Certified Music Therapist