Music is a motivational tool that encourages kids to participate and have fun. Because of this, music plays an important role in my therapy sessions. Before we dive into my top songs for late talkers, let’s learn more about why music is beneficial for language development.
How Does Music Help Language Development?
Music provides an auditory and visual representation of language, so why not use this as a tool for children with delayed language? Music also enhances daily routines, vocabulary, reading/phonemic awareness and sentence structure/grammar.
How I Use Music in Therapy Sessions
I always incorporate gestures during music activities. I do this to encourage imitation and to show that words have meaning. For example in the song “Wheels on the Bus” I move my hands in a circular motion to represent the wheels as I say “round and round.” Just as with teaching sign language, if your child doesn’t imitate the gestures to songs, use hand over hand assistance and show them how to do it. As they learn to imitate gestures and make sounds, it can motivate them to imitate words.
My Top 10 Songs for Late Talkers
The Wheels On The Bus
Itsy Bitsy Spider
5 Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed
Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
If You’re Happy & You Know It
One Little Finger
5 Little Speckled Frogs
Row Row Row Your Boat
I’m Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee
What is your favorite song to sing with your child? Comment below or send a message straight to my inbox!