|Using Music in Special Education to Develop Language and Literacy
Music can be incorporated into instructional programs to facilitate the development of communication, social interaction, and academic skills. Srinivasan and Bhat (2013) reviewed music and movement therapies that have been found to facilitate multisystem development in children with autism spectrum disorders. Adding a "music therapy" component to the instructional curriculum can benefit many students with learning difficulties.
Rock and rap music are being used to help students with communication disorders and special learning needs acquire basic language and literacy skills. Music that students enjoy motivates them to become actively involved in learning activities. It also helps children to use both the left and right hemispheres to learn new information. Rap music is great for teach rhyming words and basic literacy skills. Children can create their own raps using stories that they create. Music with a beat can be used to strengthen vocabulary, knowledge of basic facts, skill in producing speech sounds, listening comprehension, and other basic skills. Academic Communication Associates offers a variety of educational products for special education students that incorporate rock and rap music.
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The two online articles below are filled with information relevant to the use of music in promoting learning . Click on the link below the title.
Srinivasan, S. M. and Bhat, A. N. (2013) A review of "music and movement" therapies for children with autism: embodied interventions for multisystem development. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 7:22
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