Year One – Post 13 | Music and Baby
Beethoven, Bach, Beetles or a country music star will aid in the listening skills of your baby.
Music enhances the right side of the baby’s brain. When you talk, you generally use the left side of your brain, but when you ask a question, that rise in pitch comes from the right side of your brain. Research has shown that listening to classical music can increase a child’s intelligent quotient (IQ). My girlfriend swears that her “math genius” granddaughter is a result of listening to classical music when she was a baby. I am sure there was more to it than just listening to classical music, but there seems to be a link.
I have worked with adults and children who have lost their speech as a result of a stroke or car accident. Their left side of the brain was damaged. I taught them to speak again, using the right side of the brain through “singing” the words (Melodic Intonation Therapy). I suspect that the Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, has undergone Melodic Intonation Therapy to regain her speech. It is a long process that requires a lot of therapy, but it usually works.
Play the music while baby is napping. Rock and sing to baby in time to the music. Here are some classical albums that I recommend:
– Kathryn Thorson Gruhn, MA CCC-SLP, author of My Baby Compass series