Ocean City Today

Sound therapy aids students at Cedar Chapel in Snow Hill

By Kara Hallissey | Apr 26, 2018

(April 27, 2018) A new Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore funded program helps students with significant disabilities through sound therapy at Cedar Chapel Special School in Snow Hill.

“Sound therapy is using your whole body to take in sounds,” said Mary Beth Lampman, an art and music teacher at Cedar Chapel Special School. “What a difference this can make in a physical way to ground and calm [students.]”

The new sound therapy program uses vibrations of the human voice and guided imagery as well as objects such as Himalayan singing bowls, tuning forks, drums and gongs to relax and stimulate healing.

Sound therapy reduces inflammation, nourishes nerve endings, creates cardio-respiratory synchronicity, stimulates nerve endings and allows for entrainment, Lampman said.

The singing bowls can be placed on or near the body in addition to just being in the room to help relax students in groups or individually.

Sound therapy has helped students who rock or hit themselves and suffer from anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Belinda Gulyas, principal of Cedar Chapel, said.

“It gets students ready for learning again and is making a health difference,” Gulyas said. “We are always looking for out-of-the-box stuff that is innovative and creative.”

Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) president Erica Joseph said Cedar Chapel received the $1,823 grant for sound therapy last November.

“This program was important because sound therapy is currently not available to students through the school system,” Joseph said. “To reap these benefits, families must seek out such therapy outside of school. This is not attainable for many families. CFES is proud to support classroom-based programs throughout the Lower Eastern Shore and our next deadline for the Education Grants Program is Aug. 24.”

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