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New research suggests that listening to music improves kids cognitive skills and helps them learn language faster.

By, Hira Bashir

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     Music can improve cognitive skills of babies and can help them learn language quickly, a new study suggests.

     According to research from the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), listing to music can positively affect the development of a child’s brain. When infants were taken through a series of music sessions, they showed improved brain activity compared to those who went through play sessions without music.

    “Our study is the first in young babies to suggest that experiencing a rhythmic pattern in music can also improve the ability to detect and make predictions about rhythmic patterns in speech,” said lead researcher Christina Zhao from I-LABS.

    “This means that early, engaging musical experiences can have a more global effect on cognitive skills.”

     To find out the effect of music on infant’s brain, researchers involved 39 babies alongside their parents in a lab experiment. Babies were 9 months old and were divided into groups. All of them went through play sessions for a month with each session lasting not more than 12 to 15 minutes. 

    In one group thatt they call ‘music group,’ recordings of children’s music were played where a member from the research team taught the babies and the parents how to synchronize with the beat and music.

    The other group attended play sessions without music. Those controlled sessions involved cars, blocks and other toys and coordination among participants to play with those toys.

    “In both the music and control groups, we gave babies experiences that were social, required their active involvement and included body movements - these are all characteristics that we know help people learn,” Zhao said. “The key difference was whether the babies were moving to learn a musical rhythm.” 

     After the end of the experiments, babies were brought back to the lab so their responses can be measured. Babies listened to a series of music and speech sound in a rhythmic way with occasional disruption.  In the meantime, they had their brains scanned too. During the scanning, a specific activity was noticed which indicated that babies could detect flaws and disruption. 

    Brain scanning showed that music group had strong responses to the disruption in those regions of the brains that are associated with cognitive skills, attention and detection of patterns compared to those in the controlled group.

    When infants recognized the pattern of activity or learned how to synchronize with music, it improved their overall learning ability as well. They have in their mind what is going to happen next and if it does not go the same way they expected, they realize it too.

    “Infants experience a complex world in which sounds, lights and sensations vary constantly. Pattern perception is an important cognitive skill, and improving that ability early may have long-lasting effects on learning,” said co-author Patricia Kuhl.

     “This research reminds us that the effects of engaging in music go beyond music itself. Music experience has the potential to boost broader cognitive skills that enhance children’s ability to detect, expect and react quickly to patterns in the world, which is highly relevant in today’s complex world.”

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For more information: http://www.i4u.com/2016/04/109248/music-may-help-boost-babies-learning-skills-study

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by Llynda Fogle



           Fighting, crying, defiance, tuning out, sulking……..Do you ever wonder how you are going to get through the day?  Chances are your children are equally frustrated.   Take a look at the big picture and do your best to see what’s behind the grumps, growls and tears.  Many times, children don’t feel like they are being heard or acknowledged. Sometimes their feelings just completely overwhelm them and they melt down.    So often, misbehavior is a call for love or a cry for help.  When we ‘blow our tops’, and scream and shout giving orders, we are modeling what not to do.   So instead of sinking to the level of your child’s behavior, take a look first at what you might do differently to help children comply and be respectful.

          Respect is the foundation for all other basic values. First, we have to extend respect before we can expect respect. Pay attention to your daily routine and the climate you have created in your home or classroom.

Here are some tips on creating a respectful and peaceful environment:

  • Use the words you wish to teach. Please and thank you are magic words.
  • Respect children’s opinions. Give feedback to let them know they are heard, even though their wishes may not be granted. (Yes you will be going to school today. I hear that you don’t want to go. Let’s plan to do something special when you get home.)
  • Give recognition for compliance and respectful behavior. Catch them doing something right and make a big deal of it.
  • Give children a chance for a ‘do over’. Say something like, “Let’s try that again”. Watch your tone!
  • Be the example and show respectful behavior always. Remember, children are watching you ALL the time. What you do speaks so loudly they cannot always hear what you say.

Quote from Linda and Richard Eyre, “Teaching Your Children Values”

           “The teaching of respect is an interesting and somewhat difficult proposition. The main thing to remember is that respect isn’t given consistently unless it is received. We need first to respect our children (in terms of how we speak to them and how we treat them) and then to absolutely demand that they show respect for us in return. The respect they receive in the home or classroom will be the basis for their own self-respect; and the respect they learn to show in the home and to others will be the foundation on which to build respect.”

Here are some resources to help you reinforce the
respectful behaviors you wish to teach your children:

             Respect Yourself               Please and Thank You                Just Do It               Do The Right, Bright, Thing

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      Manners Matter

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