A Curious Yet Popular Way To Develop The Mind

Over the years, countless studies have been conducted on the effects of music on the human mind. One of the most popular beliefs is that music can stimulate mental development in children. While a good deal of observers has agreed to the theory, some critics claim the effect of music on children to be a myth, something that people simply want to believe.

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Before moving on, there is a twist in the story. Though the theory of mental development by listening to music is still being debated, cultivating a child’s ability to play musical instruments is a different matter altogether. Scientists have observed how children who learn how to play musical instruments at a young age speak better, understand their own emotions more and are better at multitasking as they grow older.

The main reason, researchers suggest, is the enhancement of executive functioning skills, which are given a boost via music lessons. Executive functioning skills involve switching in the middle of tasks, focusing on the task at hand, following complex instructions, and finding solutions to immediate and long-term problems. Music lessons are seen to have an incredibly positive effect on all these skills. What’s more is that researchers have found that these children go on to have a marked higher level of proficiency in academics compared to children who were not enrolled in music lessons.

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Warning Signs Of Speech Delay In Toddlers

As with other skills and milestones, the age at which kids learn to talk may vary. Many babies can easily say “mama” and “dada” well before their first birthday, and most toddlers can say about 20 words by the time they reach their 18th month. But what if a two-year-old isn’t really talking yet, or only put two words together?

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Knowing what’s normal and what’s not in speech development helps parents know if there’s cause for concern or if their child is right on schedule. During checkups doctors look to see if kids have reached these speech and language milestones:

Before 12 months

By their first year, babies should be using their voices to interact with their environment. “Mama” and “dada” are commonly used around 9 months. Babies should be paying attention to sound. Babies who watch intently but don’t react to sound could be showing signs of hearing loss.

By 12 to 15 months

Kids by this age should begin to imitate the sounds and words they hear, and often say one or more words aside from “mama” and “dada.”

From 18 to 24 months

Most toddlers can say about 20 words by 18 months and 50 or more on their second year. By age 2, kids should start to combine words to make simple sentences such as “mama milk” or “big ball.”

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