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June Tunes – Speech Therapy and Music

By June 28, 2019December 8th, 2023No Comments

Using music in speech and language therapy can be very effective to increase communication skills. While speech therapy is more well known, music therapy is still a powerful tool to promote language development.

Why is collaborate between these two areas important? They both benefit your child’s overall well-being.

5 similarities between music and language:

  • Music and Language are universal and specific to humans
  • Both have pitch, timbre, rhythm, and durational features
  • Spontaneous speech and spontaneous singing typically develop within infants at approximately the same time.
  • Music and language have auditory, vocal, and visual uses (both use written systems) and are built on structure and rules.
  • Distinct forms of music and language exist and vary across cultures
  • Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

What are some ways to introduce music to your child?

  • Make an instrument with your child – from drums to rain sticks, there are many options to try!
  • Pick up a musical library book – try Wheels on the Bus or Old MacDonald.
  • Add Toddler Radio (meant for children 4 and under) to your Pandora station and listen with your child.