Sound Tables, Chairs and Autism

From April 2009 Newsletter

I recently recieved a phone call from a Children's Clinic in So. California, The Osteopathic Center for Children and Families in San Diego. The adminstrator told me that one of our Sound Table owners had let the Dr. borrow her Sound Table for a month. The Dr. works with autistic children. He was so impressed that he applied for a grant to purchase a Sound Chair and Sound Table for the clinic. The parents of three of the children were the most persuasive in the obtaining of the grant, as they each told of the gains made by their children during the month of using the Sound Table.

More to follow ....

Peer-Reviewed Research:

"Effects of Vibroacoustic Music on Challenging Behaviors in Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities" - Lundqvist, Lars-OlovAndersson, GunillaViding, Jane

Source: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, v3 n2 p390-400 Apr-Jun 2009
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Publisher: Elsevier. 6277 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32887-4800. Tel: 877-839-7126; Tel: 407-345-4020; Fax: 407-363-1354; e-mail:; Web site:
Pub date: 2009-00-00

Vibroacoustic music has been proposed to be an effective treatment for individuals with developmental disorders and challenging behaviors. The present study experimentally tested the effects of vibroacoustic music on self-injurious, stereotypical, and aggressive destructive behaviors in 20 individuals with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. The participants were randomized into two groups in a randomized controlled trial evaluation. The first group received 10-20 min sessions with vibroacoustic music treatment for 5 weeks. Then the second group received the same treatment during the next 5 weeks. Behavior was assessed using the Behavior Problems Inventory in all participants before the treatment, after the first group had completed their treatment, and again after the second group had completed their treatment. In order to evaluate each session, the accompanying assistants assessed behavior on different scales after each session. In addition, the sessions were videotaped and analyzed minute by minute for challenging behaviors. The results revealed that vibroacoustic music reduced self-injurious, stereotypic, and aggressive destructive behaviors in the participants. In addition, the results indicated that the effect of vibroacoustic music was to some extent dependent on the participants' diagnosis. Implications for vibroacoustic music theory and practice are discussed. (Contains 5 figures and 2 tables.)


By Stephen Deuel
Managing Director
Inner Soulutions LLC
Member of International Society for VibroAcoustics


We have also heard from our friends "Down Under". At a 6 star resort (that requests not to be named in print) the spa is increasing it's revenues by 10 - 15% per month with it's new Sound Table. They have had the Table about 6 months. They are giving Tour Leaders a free trip on the Table and the Tour Leaders are doing the rest just by relating their experiences on the Sound Table to their group. While the spa is included in the tour packages, the Sound Table experience is an ad on ...


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