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Soundsory {Review}

Two of my four children really struggle when it comes to traditional learning. They cannot sit still for long; bouncing about, humming, spinning, upside down even – There are lots of challenges that come with my decision to home school these crazy kids of mine. However, no matter how differently they are wired, they are still created in God’s image. Rather than trying to force them into my way, I seek out methods and tools we can use to assist them in their own way – Soundsory from Sound for Life Ltd, is a program that is designed to help students (and adults too) with these sort of challenges. Needless to say I was pretty excited to have the chance to try this out with mine! This is a forty day program meant to develop and enhance the body and brain, which is an area I have really been recently digging into more myself so I can understand and assist all four of my children in their awareness overall.

Soundsory is multi-sensory. This program combines movement and sound. This is meant to stimulate the vestibular and auditory system simultaneously, ideally assisting with cognitive skill development and emotional regulation. This could be a wonderful resource for any child who has ADD or ADHD, Autism spectrum and developmental issues, sensory and auditory processing disorders, motor delays, balance/coordination issues. Each days session is about 30 minutes long and consists of 25 minutes of listening and 5 minutes of body-movement exercises (while still listening). There is so much amazing research related to this (for any of you science lovers out there) showing the benefits of using dynamic music along with body movement exercises targeting the body (balance, left and right integration, gross motor, fine motor, etc). If you are looking to really understand more about how this all works, I encourage you to spend some time on their website because they really have all the answers right there. I admit, there is much that was a bit over my head, but there is nothing I love more than being able to understand what we are doing and why it works. 🙂

Each day my daughter would use this as she read a book, or did some drawing or painting. I loved watching her dance along a bit to the music. It is recommended that this is used when the child is relaxed and calm so it can be a great addition to quiet time each day. Each day is broken up into two parts – the first involves 25 minutes of listening and then five minutes in which music and body movements are paired together using videos on the website. Some of the exercises I really had to coax her into because she wanted to do her own thing; for 25 minutes as she listened she would whistle and sway about. There would be little jumps and twirls at times. I had to remind her that she can do hers but she also needs to do the ones on the website (there are only four of them). These are so simple to do!

Each exercise involves three basic different body movements: Somatic, Timing and Rhythm Control, Balance and Spatial Judgement. As it turns out rhythm, balance, and movement coordination all have a great impact on our fine-motor and academic skills, translating to a variety of cognitive and motor skills. Wow! There is so much I have been learning since we obtained these headphones. What I thought was just a simple tool to assist in integration and regulation for my children is turning out to be so much more! I love when I come across something like this that can really open up my understanding to the body/brain connection. Especially for my oldest son (he just turned fourteen) I think it helps him, making him more willing to use this, when he can gain a bit more understanding of it for himself. It isn’t just something he has to do but something that he wants to do because he can see how it benefits him in the long run.

The music is delivered through air-bone conduction – on the top of the headphones is a bone connection transducer.

This means that as the music plays it also provides auditory stimulation. There is a variety of music played throughout the listening experience – some my daughter loved and found so peaceful “it almost made her sleep” while other music she admitted made her jumpy and jittery – this was obvious because she would be up jumping and jittering. Ideally, you feel the vibration in your body but none of my children who have used this say they have. I attempted to feel the headphones myself and didn’t sense any vibrations from it.

What I do know is that there does seem to be a calm and focus that comes over my daughter (especially) as she listens each day. Its so fun watching her paint and draw, read and book or play with her dolls dressing them and designing new things. For myself, I have always known that music assists (me personally anyway) in whatever task I am at, especially when it might be troublesome or a bit challenging.There are times I think we all need a bit of help exercising our ability to concentrate and focus. This really does seem to be a wonderful way to do that. It is fun and interactive, engaging, in a sense. There is no limit to how old you must be in order to get something out of it either. Even my four year old daughter would ask to do her “music and move”.

There are so many distractions our kids have to face each day with technology and the constant busyness we all seem to struggle to beat down (or master). I do believe it is a much needed skill for us to help our children exercise – that of focus and attention – for them to be able to stop and see. To hear and respond. IN so many instances these are skills that are desperately needed to be had. We are surely going to be using and enjoying this one for some time!

Click the image below to see how the other Crew members used this one!

CONNECT WITH SOUNDSORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soundsory/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soundforlifeofficial/

Author:

I am a God loving and fearing Apostolic Pentecostal - All about Holiness, a tongue Talking Homeschooling Mommy of Two AWESOME little men and two darling little ladies, with a precious one in Jesus arms too. I love to study His word, and the stories and histories that go along with it. Seeking truth at all expense and learning so much as we go along. We are truly blessed to homeschool - blessed that we may school our children for such a small cost. I believe in the power of the name of Jesus and the power of His people when they come together in prayer. Standing firm and speaking out! There is nothing that I seek more than His kingdom and the joys that follow Him! Ultra conservative, growing Jesus follower, mommy to two awesome boys, one precious little girl- with a great family and a wonderful life that I am so blessed to have! Living and loving as best I can, with the Lord-Holy Ghost filled and speaking in tongues-WOW!

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