6 Songs For Speech Therapy

6 Songs For Speech Therapy

Music as speech therapy

Music is an excellent source of speech therapy. Image source: loogguitars.com

Do you have a little Stevie Wonder on your hands? Lady Gaga? Do you hear singing at all hours of the day? If so, you know that singing and songs are a significant part of your child’s life. In fact, many children sing more than they talk! Through singing and song, children can actually achieve improved articulation skills, just from belting it out. Even simple children’s nursery rhymes can help develop pronunciation and articulation skills. For children who need any type of speech and language therapy, music is essential. It is motivating, familiar, rhythmic, stimulates a variety of senses and most of all – FUN!

Music as Speech Therapy

Music as speech therapy is often used in early intervention of a speech impediment or disorder. “The Wheels on the Bus,” “Row Row Row your Boat” or “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” are staples of an SLP’s repertoire. While research has proven that music is an effective speech therapy tool in the later years among people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, music is also essential to our younger generation’s growth and development.  What songs can you play at home to help encourage proper speech for your children?  Here are a few of our favorites!

6 Songs for Speech Therapy

“Buzz Buzz” – Laurie Berkner
“Bibbiti Bobbity Boo” – From Cinderella
“Dee Dee Dee” – Sesame Street
“Monkey Song” – Music Therapy Tunes
“(P Is) My Favorite Letter” – Sesame Street
“M is for Mouth Music” – Sesame Street

Even Congresswoman Gabby Giffords credited music therapy as one of the primary reasons that she was able to relearn how to talk.  According to Dr. Oliver Sacks, professor of Neurology at Columbia University and author or the book, Musicophilia, “Nothing activates the brain so extensively as music.”

What are some of your favorite songs? Add your suggestions to our repertoire!

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