Children's Center in Bethany uses Music as Therapy


Friday, February 20th 2009, 3:42 pm
By: News 9


NEWS 9

BETHANY, Oklahoma -- Music is more than something to listen to at the Children's Center in Bethany.

Kids use an unusual device called the Soundbeam to make music. A sensor detects movement and turns it into music. This helps the kids mentally and physically and rewards them for their hard work. The music therapists say it's inspirational to watch the patients succeed.

Kids with all different kinds of medical and physical disabilities enjoy using the Soundbeam.
"It's really motivating for them and very rewarding," therapist Rachel Nowels said.

The harmony motivates children to walk, dance and have fun.

"It doesn't quite seem like therapy so a lot of time they'll forget they're in therapy and they'll have fun and work harder," Nowels said.

For Tyler, who has Cerebral Palsy, therapists use music to help him control his muscles.

"We celebrate every accomplishment here and it's very exciting," Nowels said.

Tyler accomplishes lifting his arms, wiggling fingers, and keeping his head up.

"Some days they're really active and want to work," Nowels said. "Other days they need encouragement, but adding music as a tool is a great way to do that."

The success inspires the therapists, as patients reach new milestones.

"It just kind of gives you hope for the whole world," therapist Megan Long said. "I think knowing that they can achieve something in a big way."

The Children's Center in Bethany is not aware of any other facility in Oklahoma with this Soundbeam device.