Today, many experts believe that there is a connection between the increasing number of children who have ADHD, bipolar disorder and depression - and the ever increasing amount of time that these children spend in front of an electronic screen. Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D., author of Reset Your Child's Brain, says that children are in an abnormally high state of arousal from being constantly overstimulated.
Dr. Dunckley believes that screen time disrupts sleep patterns, changes the brains reward system and induces stress. She suggests putting children on electronic fasts so that they can enjoy imaginative and creative activities instead.
One of the most relaxing and creative activities for children is creating music. Upado Unlimited’s Glockenspiel Xylophone is precision tuned and has a bell-like tone which can be calming for overstimulated children. The xylophone comes with a twelve page educational music pattern book that includes songs that progress from very simple melodies to a more complex Bach Minuet. Playing a percussion instrument like a xylophone requires eye-hand coordination that uses large muscle groups which can be very beneficial for all children.
Many songs can be played on an eight note xylophone including rounds like Row, Row Row Your Boat and Paddle Song. When two children learn these songs and play together, relationships are built which is helpful for those who have spent too much time in isolation with video games. Both of these songs are included in the book Popular 8 Note Songs, and free music tracks are available on the Upado Unlimited website. Children can listen and play along, enjoying the fun of creating music while getting helpful auditory input.
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Wishing you joy on your musical journey!