Getting a child to combine words and a phrase to make a sentence may be as simple as helping them feel the beat to their favorite song.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University gave 25 typically-developing six year olds two tests: One measuring grammar skills and the other measuring music skills.
They found those who did well on one test also did well on the other, regardless of socioeconomic background or IQ. This suggests children who can detect rhythmic variations in music may have an easier time putting sentences together.
Parents can help their child feel the beat by engaging in musical activities together. Have kids sing along to music while they clap their hands and tap their feet. Learning language to a new beat, while still having fun.
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