Cymatic help for autistic children
Various discussions are ongoing with autistic research and support centers.
Extensive discussions have taken place on the benefits of integrating interactive technologies with cymatics to allow total sensory immersion and control. A commission for Aldeburgh music saw seeper.com and flat-e.com (the creators of this site) design, develop and build an interactive cymatic installation in cooperation with school children. Discussions with a key autism center in the UK have lead to ongoing development of interactive cymatics in this context.
In addition the CymaScope has been exhibited at several science-based conferences in the USA and the UK and on a number of occasions we have been approached by autism therapists. The general consensus is that the visual feedback provided by a child seeing their own voice patterns will aid their acquisition of language. This hypothesis derives from the experiential aspects of CymaScope demonstrations in which, for example, classical music is made visible in real time. Hearing classical music without seeing it infrequently results in release of tears whereas hearing classical music while seeing it, in real time, frequently results in crying in adults. A brain mechanism, as yet not understood, is occurring in which an emotional response is triggered, we presume involving receipt of data in the visual cortex that is the equivalent of acoustic data being received via the ears and processed in the auditory cortex. These two sets of data apparently merge within the brain and, it is hypothesized, lay down new neural pathways. In the case of autistic children this may result in the acceleration of language development.