Relaxation, Guided Imagery, and Visualization Techniques
Music can be very helpful for relaxation, as a previsualization activity, to soothe away worries and distractions, and bring a sense of inner peace.
Music also stimulates the brain in other ways besides relaxation. Many people find that they are better able to focus -- and are more productive and motivated -- when listening to the radio or some of their favorite music.
Many teachers find that playing cassettes/CDs of classical music, soothing environmental sounds, and instrumental arrangements is very effective in the classroom. Different forms of music have been found to be effective in increasing the ability to focus and concentrate; calm, soothe, and relax; and enhance learning, creativity, and critical-thinking skills.
Research has found that instrumental musical arrangements at 60 beats per minute has therapeutic effects. Gary Lamb creates music (at 60 beats per minute) that is widely used in different settings (classrooms, pain clinics, hospitals). Some of the music is recommended for use when teaching handwriting, art, and creative writing, and to play during math testing, science labs, computer labs, homework time, silent reading, and so forth. For more information about Gary Lamb's music, call 800-772-7701.
Musical therapy is being used in different settings, and research supports that listening to various rhythmic patterns has calming and focusing effects. Calming Rhythms developed by REI Institute, Inc., is another audiocassette designed for this purpose (800-659-6644).
Excerpted from The ADD/ADHD Checklist by Sandra Rief, M.A.