Communicating with a child who has a speech delay can be challenging, especially when she needs something but can’t verbalize it. Did you know that incorporating music into regular interactions might help? Many researchers believe that music activates the entire brain, connecting the right and left hemispheres. A study conducted in 2010 found that children who received music therapy showed an improved understanding of speech, cognitive structures, and even level of intelligence.
Rachel Arnston, a speech-language pathologist, uses music as an essential tool to help children overcome their speech delays. In a guest post on smartspeechtherapy.com, she explains that children respond better to higher pitch and extended vowels in speech, which mimics aspects of music that are valuable to kids with speech delays. Here are some of her tips for utilizing music at home.