your child will learn through singing! :)

Can Singing & Music Help My Child?

YES!

Strategies for Promoting Language & Communication Through Music & Singing

The benefits of music and singing are endless! Music and singing provide a fun and easy way for learning many essential life skills, including the successful acquisition of speech, language, communication, and can provide a solid background in oral language abilities. Oral language is an interactive and social process, and music is a natural way for children to experience language in an enjoyable way.

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Singing can help your child communicate by:

• Developing verbal skills

• Vocalizing

• Socially interacting with peers (pragmatics)

• Communicate effectively other family members and loved ones

• Articulation

• Writing

• And so much more!

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Singing can help with issues related to:

• Autism - singing or chanting is more melodic than speaking, therefore it is more engaging when used in conversation.

• Stuttering - singing requires deep breathing, breath support, and a slowing down of the speaking process, engaging the entire body, and helps with general voice onset.

• ADD/ADHD - singing is a fully engaging activity that helps with calming and focusing.

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Did you know that singing with your child at home has many benefits for communication & language development?

Suggestions on how to use music in your home:

• Select songs that your child loves to sing!

• Choose music of American and Multicultural Folk Songs, with recordings and lyrics, to assist with learning and singing, http://www.songsforteaching.com/folk/

Holiday songs for children, including educational music for celebrating Presidents' Day, Valentine's Day, Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa. http://www.songsforteaching.com/holidays.htm

Select songs for teaching at home! Use music to teach content  across the curriculum - to students of all ages. These links offer  thousands of children's songs, lyrics, sound clips and teaching  suggestions. http://www.songsforteaching.com/index.html

http://www.songsforteaching.com/songsforteachers/

• Use singing, sing-song, or chanting, in place of speaking during conversation (autism)

• Encourage your child to sing with you using gestures and movement

- excerpts from The Magic of Signing Songs: Enhancing All Children's Literacy Skills and Love of Language.

http://www.nellieedge.com/Signingarticles/PowerfulLanguage.htm

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Other Useful Websites:

• Songs for Teaching, Using Music to Promote Learning

http://www.songsforteaching.com/lb/literacymusic.htm

• Strategies for Promoting Communication and Language of Infants and Toddlers

http://www.igdi.ku.edu/interventions/Promoting_Communication_rev3-19-09.pdf

• Music as therapy and learning for children with ADD/ADHD

http://www.everydayhealth.com/add-adhd/music-therapy-for-children-with-adhd.aspx

• Articles on Autism and Music featured by the Autism Research Institute

- The Language of Music: Working with Children on the Autism Spectrum

http://www.autism.com/ind_language_of_music.asp

- Education: Music Therapy and Language

http://www.autism.com/edu_music_therapy.asp

- Music Therapy and the Emergence of the Spoken Language in Children with Autism.

http://www.speechpathology.com/articles/music-therapy-and- emergence-spoken-1199