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Children Who Sing Can Improve Both Their Hearing & Their Self Confidence

Added January 4, 2018, Under: Babies, Children's Health, How To, Parents

Do you have children or grandchildren who love to sing and, if so, do you give them every encouragement?

It seems that you should because even just an hour of singing per week can increase your child’s confidence and, surprisingly, help those children with hearing problems to hear much better.

Researchers even go as far as to say singing can be a powerful medicine.

And of course people of all ages will benefit from singing too.

Research at the University College in London

The researchers have been running a pilot study at primary schools with the aim of improving hearing in schools.

The “notes” the children produce when singing are projected via a computer program onto a screen on the wall.

The children are able to see their voices in the form of a wavy line, helping them to distinguish between different pitches – key to hearing and talking too.

What researchers have found

  • The sessions help those children with hearing impairments to pick out a melody by distinguishing between different pitches.
  • The children are singing better while improving their hearing and speech.
  • The children have been able to access those parts of their voices they might not otherwise explore.
  • The children become must more confident including being more expressive and confident with their voices.  This new-found confidence extends into class where they are asking more questions and becoming more willing to give new things a go.
  • Those children who suffer from shyness start to come out of their shells.

UCL Professor Graham Welch (who is involved with the research) has an hypothesis, saying: “My theory is that when children sing, they produce a wider range of sounds and this helps them to discriminate sound better.

And start singing to your babies as early as possible

  • Singing to children will help the development of language skills, preparing their brains for language and possibly averting language problems developing later on.
  • It is said that parents should sing to their children every day to avoid language problems developing in later life as too much emphasis in those early years is placed on reading, writing and numeracy.

Sally Goddard Blythe (a consultant in neuro-developmental education and director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology) says that singing traditional lullabies and nursery rhymes to babies and infants before they learn to speak, is “an essential precursor to later educational success and emotional well being“.

She adds: “Song is a special type of speech. Lullabies, songs and rhymes of every culture carry the ‘signature’ melodies and inflections of a mother tongue, preparing a child’s ear, voice and brain for language.”

She also claims that listening to, and singing along with, rhymes and songs uses and develops both sides of the brain.

The National Literacy Trust is concerned about the growing numbers of children who enter nursery and school with inadequate language and communication skills.  This is often because their parents have not helped them develop communication skills.

If we sing to and with our child, this is the most effective way to transform their ability to communicate.  Singing nursery rhymes (for example) to our young children will get them off to a flying start!

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