For many years I worked with children who are engaged in music. And I can say for sure, music can cure not only the soul, but also correct speech defects, cure other ailments. However, today I want to talk only about music and children’s stuttering.
Causes of stuttering
Often, adults do not know why a child stutters. The reason for this is scare, another psychological aspect, physical background or habit. But whatever it is, we must fight.
One of the most effective ways to combat stuttering are music lessons. They are especially good in childhood, but adults feel shy to sing and play for some reason more than stutter.
How music works
The basis of the musical work is a rhythm, clear, prescribed by the composer, and there is no getting away from it. The kid who does music knows this, knows the laws of music. It has nothing to do with his stuttering brain.
When he begins to sing or play a piece of music, he tries to reproduce the rhythm correctly, smoothly, clearly. Especially when you consider that the teacher is tapping this rhythm for the whole class.
What’s happening? At the time of playing music, the child does not stutter in his head. His thoughts flow smoothly and correctly, the notes run, as expected, and the same correct thinking is superimposed on them. And the thoughts of people is what? The words.
As my piano teacher used to say: At what tempo you play, at that tempo you think.
Accordingly, the child can think coherently, can reproduce sentences correctly, but something is stopping him.
What does not happen
There are practically no children who play the piano and stumble as they stutter. Therefore, while the child is playing, he is treated. The same can be said about singing. Singing sounds, merging them together at a quiet pace and pre-learned rhythm, the child does not stutter.
With babies, you can also use the game moment, preparing the child to sing. Ask him: A bear (the hero of the song) stutters? No, naturally the baby answers. So, let’s try to sing like a bear. Indeed, in the song you are the bear. Hence, stuttering should not. And you will not believe, the child sings exactly! After all, he – the hero of the song, he does not stutter.
As a rule, stuttering in such children is not inborn, but appeared in an acquired way. For example, when the baby could not quickly formulate a sentence and repeated some word 5 times; then, in general, threw the idea to speak out.
On the one hand, it’s good that a child’s thoughts fly quickly. On the other hand, it’s bad that the stuttering habit is forming, and with it the complex, then the ailment.
Such babies should be controlled by moms. As soon as (as early as 2-4 years old) the child begins to repeat one word several times, pull him down and ask him to think what he wants to say. And only when the whole sentence is formed, pronounce.
Mom should calmly wait until the child says this sentence, do not express impatience, but on the contrary, support him with your attention.
The child will get used to it gradually. Now, for example, I already see in my daughter’s face: she wants to say something and formulates a thought in her head. I just look at her, waiting for the full question. She is used to speaking beautifully and correctly. You can not hurry, and the repetition of 5 times one word gradually in the past.
And what effective ways to combat stuttering do you know?