The Soundsory Program
The Soundsory program: music and movement for the brain and the body
SOUNDSORY® is a bone and air conduction headphone combined with a Multi-Sensory Home-Based Program that helps to improve motor and cognitive abilities. The program consists of specially designed music processed with neuro-acoustic modifications as well as a series of movement-based exercises to stimulate the vestibular and auditory systems simultaneously. This integrated method provides a unique approach to sensory processing, emotional regulation and cognitive skill development.
The program is 30 minutes a day for 40 days.
SOUNDSORY® is designed to be safe and effective. It can help people with:
• Motor delays, Balance and Coordination
• Autism spectrum and Developmental delays
• Sensory and Auditory processing disorders
• ADD and ADHD
Its function at a glance
The Rhythmic Music Program
The music has been specifically recorded to emphasize the rhythm of sounds in order to activate body movement. In addition, it is electronically processed using a patented dynamic filter system to create specific sound contrasts. This effect is designed to help the brain adapt to these changes as well as to develop the ability to predict the change: just like in real life where you are constantly adapting, predicting and adjusting to the changes around you. Finally, the sound is transmitted using both air and bone conduction to deliver a unique and efficient stimulation of both the auditory and vestibular system.
The Body Movement Exercises
These exercises are designed to support the integration of the brain and body through a developmental progression. They incorporate the integration of primitive reflexes, while supporting and developing body awareness, postural control as well as body coordination. By strengthening these foundational sensory motor skills, we see improvements in more complex cognitive functions that help to support learning. In 30 minutes a day for 40 days, SOUNDSORY® provides powerful stimulation of the brain and triggers the self-organizing capacities of the nervous system.
Its action at a glance
The main purpose of SOUNDSORY® is to establish good foundations, from the fundamentals of sensory integration to more complex cognitive functions. It is based on a concept known as neuroplasticity: the brain can change itself and create new connections through specific and repeated stimulation.
Movement, Balance and Coordination
The SOUNDSORY® movement program focuses on building proprioceptive abilities through specific, repetitive movement exercises. The rhythmic music program is also designed to stimulate the vestibular system which helps the brain better integrate information related to body position, balance and movement.
Auditory and Sensory processing
The goal of the SOUNDSORY® music program is to activate the neuronal connections in different areas of the brain through the auditory channel and ultimately train the ear and the brain to analyze and process sensory information more quickly and accurately.
THE RHYTHMICAL MUSIC
Responding to rhythm seems such an obvious and easy behavior. However, rhythm is connected to many important brain functions, including timing, which has shown to be critical in the effective coordination of mental as well as physical activity. SOUNDSORY® is specifically designed to emphasize the rhythm of music.
"Music with rhythm makes your brain think you are moving"
The music has been specially crafted and selected to emphasize rhythm. Breathing, speaking, walking, reading, and even sleeping, our entire life is cadenced by rhythm. It is same for animals however; the conscious perception of rhythm is specific to human being. Clapping your hand based on musical rhythm seems simple but, in fact, is a very complex cognitive function. Whether it is dancing or just tapping one foot to the beat, we all experience how music can induce movement. We feel sounds as a movement experience, just as if we were moving ourselves. It is because the auditory function (the sensory organ) and the vestibular function (the motor organ) of the ear are interconnected that music can have an impact on posture, balance and coordination. It can trigger a sense of rhythm and make you feel like moving. In other words, the rhythm of the music is the link between the vestibular system and the auditory system and influences brain function and body organization.
The music in SOUNDSORY® is specifically designed to emphasize rhythm, which is both easy enough for the brain to cope with and challenging and progressive enough to develop attention.
The entire music selection has been made with these requirements:
• The music has been crafted to focus on rhythms which are similar to our body-movement physiology such as March music. This unconsciously engages the full body.
• Each song lasts long enough for the brain to get used to the rhythm but is short enough to avoid habitual processing.
• Each day is organized so that specific tempos change several times in order to challenge the brain, which creates plasticity.
THE BODY MOVEMENT EXERCISES
Our brains affect our bodies but our bodies also affect our brains. Physical movement will retrain the brain in different ways.
SOUNDSORY® engages the user in a series of 50 special exercises that cause the neural networks in the brain to grow and become more efficient. The body movement exercises can be easily adapted to each individual. As long as the user is trying his best, he cannot “fail”.
The body-movement exercises of SOUNDSORY® are specially designed to focus on 3 different aspects:
1. Somatic Movement
The SOUNDSORY® program helps to integrate correct primitive reflexes through a series of repeated exercises. These primitive reflexes are automatic movements directed from the brain and executed without cortical involvement. As primary infant reflexes fail to integrate, the range and severity of motor, communication, cognitive, emotional and behavioral issues correspondingly increase. Some movements are dedicated to correct postural habits by increasing awareness of muscular tension.
2. Timing and Rhythm Control
Timing and rhythmicity are important functions that relate to a variety of cognitive and motor skills. The user is invited to repeat specific movements and progressively accelerate the rhythm of those movements once it is well integrated.
3. Balance and Spatial Judgement
Balance movement and spatial judgment closely relate to body awareness and coordination. From standing on one foot to moving with cadence, the user is asked to repeat simple and complex movements.
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