How can music help children learn to speak?

I have posted about this before….and you can find more information under the teach me to talk page…..how music helps language development in children.  Music is on the right side of the brain and language is on the left….when you tap into both sides of the brain simultaneously….you are helping your little one to acquire new words.  The children I work with….some at times have very little sounds and words in their vocabulary..however…once we start singing Old MacDonald..they are able to say e-i-e-i-o….as if it was nothing at all for them to produce those sounds.  Old MacDonald is great for working on animal sounds.  I sing the Itsy Bitsy Spider…..If you’re happy and you know it……….I try and put as much as I can to music……do not worry about carrying a tune…just be sure to put some melody into the words that you are producing.

And remember to have fun with your little one or big one.

Kim

About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional resource....so that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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