One cannot deny the beauty of music and the power it has over us. As Plato said, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” It is little wonder that music is used to rehabilitate disorders of the brain and today music is being used in new unique ways to correct learning and behavioral disorders in children at the Brain Balance Center in Wayne, Pennsylvania.
On a scientific note, it is interesting to be aware how different kinds of music affect us in different ways. In fact, that difference is being used strategically to target areas of the brain that are not working properly. The different effects of music can be better understood by these examples. For instance, the marching music of John Philip Sousa, with its strong beat and cadence, has a strong affect over the left side of the brain, the side responsible for order, sequence, and linear thinking. That is in contrast to the sounds of Jean-Paul Sartre, or the wail of Jimmy Hendrix’s guitar that stimulates the right hemisphere which gives us innovation, creativity, and novel experiences. Albert Einstein, who was known for his independent thinking as well as his brilliant creativity and unique right brain structure said, “He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.”
The point is that kids with learning and behavioral disorders have specific things in their brains that are disconnected causing each child to be different in ways that may hold them back. The problem is that since each child is different, it follows that, each child needs a unique set of solutions to re-connect their brain.
Brain Balance Centers have produced different sets of scientifically composed music for use in its centers across the country. There are different compositions created for different learning disorders. The music used for ADHD, Tourettes, or compulsive disorders all of which are caused by the underdevelopment of the right hemisphere, are different than those compositions used for Dyslexia, ADD, and processing disorders that are caused by disorders of the left hemisphere. The Brain Balance Program owes its remarkable success with children’s learning and behavioral problems to its ability to target the specific hemispheric delays of the brain, including this unique use of music for specific disorders. Brain Balance Centers does not stop with music. Brain Balance has scores of ways to stimulate the brain. That is because each child’s learning and behavioral problems are complex, multiple, and unique to that child. The type of stimulus has to match the child’s weakness in order to help that child. As a result Brain Balance has taken music theory to the next step and developed different music programs to fit each child’s needs. This is likewise done to fit the correct brain weaknesses with the correct stimuli (other than music) for each developmental delay.
Music is one of the ingredients in the mix at the Brain Balance Achievement Center in Wayne, and it is an important one. When the correct stimulus is matched with the correctly identified brain disconnection the result is the re-connection and the restoration of the brain function. Sometimes the results in the children seem to fit the effects of music as seen by Ludwig van Beethoven when he said, “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.”
Dr. Albert Forwood, director of Pennsylvania’s first Brain Balance Achievement Center, is a Board-certified Chiropractic Neurologist who specializes in working with children affected by ADHD, OCD, Dyslexia, Tourette ’s syndrome, processing problems and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The center which recently opened in Wayne helps children improve socially and academically using a drug-free approach.