Changing Colors: The Blog of Spectrum Pediatrics

November 28, 2016

Trick of the Trade from Brianna Craite, MS, CCC-SLP

Movement, Music, and Language

There is a lot of research explaining how children need to move more and sit less throughout their day. This recently made me re-think the way I am expecting children to learn while completing language activities. A little trick I started using is to incorporate movement and music during my language activities. When my kiddos are allowed to move a bit I have found that their ability to listen and learn improves. One particular song I like to practice with all my kiddos is “If you’re happy and you know it”. First, I start by singing the original lyrics to clap hands, stomp feet, say Hooray! Once a child can complete these tasks I like to add my own directions based on what we are working on. For example if we are working on body parts “If you’re happy and you know it touch your head.” For older children try a more complex direction like “If you’re happy and you know it give a thumbs up”. Try it out! See how incorporating movement and music with language development helps your little one!

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