Suzuki Method and neurolearning

Susan Hagar Moura said: Dec 24, 2018
Susan Hagar Moura
Suzuki Association Member
apt 801 Bloco B Aflitos Recife, Brazil
1 posts

Today, we would like to share an account of the psychologist and psychopathologist Clecio Carlos Gomes. We will tell you a bit about his personal and professional experience with the Suzuki Method and neurolearning, in addition to its effects on child development.

Testimony of Clecio Carlos Gomes:
I’m from Santa Catarina—Brazil, a psychologist specializing in Psychopathology. I’m a violinist and father. This is an introduction to understand what I will review:

In 2007, my twin sons Lorenzo and Betina were born. Lorenzo had a Ischemic Stroke (3.8 cm) in the left hemisphere affecting Frontal, Temporal and Parietal Lobe. The initial prognosis would be mental retardation, moderate to severe, and he would not sit or walk. Visual impairment due to a stricture of the optic nerve. Aphasia and major failure in its auditory processing. Diagnosed at 06 months of age, we began the medical pilgrimages in Florianopolis, but immediately, we left everything and went to Sao Paulo in search of resources. There, at the age of four, we discovered that he was also epileptic (Little harm) and therefore did not sleep and cried all day. In the first days the anti-convulsants triggered Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.

Lorenzo was diagnosed by the most outstanding Speech Therapist in Brazil, Ingrid Gielow who, at the time, reported that there was no formal protocol for the treatment of auditory processing. As a parent, I went home and in the midst of my despair, I began to think what to do to help my son. Whenever I played the violin, Lorenzo would get mad when I defaulted some note on any piece he played. I thought that if language was the basis for cognitive development (left hemisphere), music was a language, however stimulating the right hemisphere.

I was a pupil of the Suzuki method and I always played the variations of the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Shine and, based on it, I created different scales and variations and started to teach my son to speak and to listen through the violin soles. Lorenzo started talking, listening, understanding, analyzing and interacting. He began to sleep, his epileptic dynamics reduced and today he is 11 years old. He attends regular school, is in grade 5 (approved by merit) and began studying violin this year. There is a hemiparesis on the right side and a slight delay.

Kurt Meisenbach said: Dec 26, 2018
Kurt Meisenbach
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
Plano, TX
45 posts

Thank you for sharing your story. It is both informative and inspiring. Your professional credentials as a specialist in psychopathology add further credibility to your experience.

I am a professional musician who went into international business consulting for 27 years before I returned to the world of teaching. Before moving back to my place of birth, the US, I lived and taught music in Uruguay, where I started a Suzuki Violin School in Punta del Este with the support of the local municipal council. I have focused on the psychological aspects of teaching young children and guiding their parents to a better practice relationship with their children at home. I am developing special materials to do this. These materials support the Suzuki Method. They do not replace it.

My focus to date has been on the benefits that music study provides to the normal healthy child. Your moving story opens up a window of even greater good that music can offer to children who are not so fortunate. Your experience and the benefits it can provide to disadvantaged children is a story that should be shared with all parents who want to help their children.

Would it be possible for us to talk or to share ideas? You can respond here, or you can send me an email at [javascript protected email address].

I hope we will have the opportunity to talk. Thank you again for sharing your story.

Sonia Bell said: Feb 4, 2019
 1 posts

Thank you for the incredible story! That is so inspiring to start teaching music more and more children! I think that playing any musical instrument is a great workout for the brain[/url], no matter if the child is ill or healthy. I am wondering, if music influence handicapped people, how does it work for healthy ones? It’s a miracle I think. Suzuki Method is definitely worth trying!

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