Using Music to Stimulate Grammar and Language Development
Fascinating research at Vanderbilt University suggests that musical training may help children improve their auditory processing skills and language development. Researchers note a correlation between rhythmic sensitivity and the ability to produce more complex sentences. It’s worth listening to this NPR report: www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/06/01/530723046/using-music-and-rhythm-to-help-kids-with-grammar-and-language.
Joanne Summer, MA, CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist based in Morristown, NJ, has helped hundreds of children improve their speech sound production and language skills. She founded Well Spoken Speech Therapy, LLC, in 2014 after spending 12 years providing therapy to children (K-5) in the New Jersey public school system. In private practice, her clients also include younger children and adolescents. In addition, she treats people of all ages who stutter or otherwise find it difficult to speak fluently—an area in which she has received extensive specialized training.