Music Therapy for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

At Muse for Life in Sandy Springs Atlanta, we give private & group music therapy sessions for all individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD. ADHD is a problem that includes symptoms of inattentiveness, over-activity, and impulsivity. In order for these problems to be diagnosed as ADHD, they must be out of the normal range for a child's age and development. Most children with ADHD also have at least one other developmental or behavioral problem, and ADHD can have comorbidity with a number of other ailments including depression, learning disabilities, and tic disorders.

The symptoms of ADHD fall into three groups:

*Lack of attention (inattentiveness),


*Impulsive behavior (impulsivity).

Individuals suffering from ADHD may have primarily one type or a combination of types.


Inattentive symptoms

*Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork

*Has difficulty keeping attention during tasks or play

*Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly

*Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace

*Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities

*Avoids or dislikes tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork)

*Often loses toys, assignments, pencils, books, or tools needed for tasks or activities

*Is easily distracted

*Is often forgetful in daily activities


Hyperactivity symptoms:

*Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat

*Leaves seat when remaining seated is expected

*Runs about or climbs in inappropriate situations

*Has difficulty playing quietly

*Is often "on the go," acts as if "driven by a motor," talks excessively


Impulsivity symptoms:

*Blurts out answers before questions have been completed

*Has difficulty awaiting turn

*Interrupts or intrudes on others

Effective treatment includes regular communication with parents and other healthcare professionals involved in treatment, limiting distractions in the environment, and employing a behavioral treatment plan


MusicTherapy Goals for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

• To increase self-awareness, self-control, & self-esteem

• To increase sense of autonomy

• To improve coping mechanisms for stress

• To improve social skills

• To increase attention span & on-task behavior

• To increase leisure activities



Contact Us At:

Muse for Life Community Inspiration Center

205 Hilderbrand Drive

Sandy Springs, Ga. 30328

(404) 943-1063,