- utilises the interaction of the senses (multisensory integration)
- engages attention and enables to concentrate on tasks
- deepens the interaction and therapeutic discussions
- relaxes or stimulates as necessary
- helps in distinguishing sounds and speech
Taikofon® does not cover the ears, isolate from the environment or give feeling of discomfort similarly as using headphones.
The wide range of audio content enables the use of Taikofon® in diverse therapy situations.
Music as the medicine
The findings in brain research on music confirm what early childhood music educators, teachers and music therapists know from practical experience: music has a healing effect. The benefits of music have been leveraged in treatment and therapy for a long time. Music therapy can help autistic patients express themselves better, bring down the blood pressure of coronary disease patients, improve the mood of depression patients, alleviate post-surgery pain; the list could go on. Read more: https://fmq.fi/articles/music-in-our-nature
Taikofon in speechtherapy
Speech therapy and language learning is more effective when the sound is simultaneously felt. Based on experience from child occupational therapy sessions, the most useful mobile applications have animal sounds, musical instruments and games with shouts of encouragement and applause.
Taikofon® can be used as a work surface in the lap for doing exercises, behind the back as a support or behind/under the neck.
Taikofon and learning signlanguage
NICOLE is a happy 4-year old Down girl. She is a tornado with a strong will yet needing routines to survive through days. In the evenings she has difficulty to calm down and get sleep. Taikofon was added to her evening routines to sing soothing lullaby’s and Nicole is usually asleep within 10 minutes.
Taikofon is also used to support Nicole's sign language learning. Nicole has learned the signs through repetition together with her parents. She is a keen user of tablet. She signs `cat´ immediately when she sees the character from the applications is tablet and hears the meow from Taikofon. Taikofon helps her to calm down and to focus on the task at hand. She participates regularly in speechtherapy and is awarded after the sessions with tablet and Taikofon.
The feeling of sound coming from Taikofon is experienced in the whole body and on skin. Vibroacoustic relieves and eases anxiety when going through difficult emotions.
In the treatment of neurological disorders, there are great experiences how Taikofon has helped in creating contact with severely disabled children. Here is one story:
HILMA is a 10-year old girl. She has lost her ability to see and her mobility due to severe developmental disability. Her communication is limited to sounds, facial expression and eyes.
Since Hilma is completely blind, the auditory and tactical sensations are important to her. The sound travels from Taikofon to Hilma’s skin, body and bones into her consciousness.. When Hilma senses the sound from Taikofon making her voicing, and even to laugh or to sigh satisfied. She likes calming sounds and music, therefore smoothing, relaxed content is the best choice for her. She expresses joy with a smile that was not previously seen despite of several attempts by her parents.
JUULIA aged 13 has cerebral palsy and as a consequence of the muscle spasticity it causes, she has to go regularly to a physiotherapist who manipulates her tight muscle membranes.
Unfortunately, the pain is often unbearable for Juulia. Lively Juulia also loves to tell stories, but talking increases the tightness in her muscles during therapy. Listening to her favourite music through the Taikofon under her head helps to take Juulia's mind off the pain, thus making her feel significantly more comfortable. As a result, her whole body relaxes and the therapy and stretching become much easier.
Vibroacoustics have been used successfully to support curing after surgery. On the other hand also music is known to reduce the need for analgesics.
Music listening calms down, slows heart rate, lowers blood pressure and reduces the amount of stress hormones in the blood.