Listen and Talk is thrilled to have received a generous grant from United Way of King County (Washington) to help us initiate providing music and movement classes right in the communities within which the families we serve, live, instead of asking families to drive to our facility in Seattle. With your support we can extend those classes to the families who live in service areas outside of King County.
We know that babies learn to talk by listening to the voices of family members and caregivers from the time they are born. Music is a critical tool to help them learn to listen. At these new Music and Movement classes, providers will help families understand the process of listening and talking in a natural, playful way, through music. With supported practice, a family will learn to help their child respond to and interpret sounds, building a foundation upon which spoken language and learning will grow. In addition, funding would be used to expand the types of music and materials used in the class to better represent the diversity of the family cultures and backgrounds.
Thank you for your support. These classes will help us strengthen the bonds between child and caregiver.... and strengthen the bond across families living in the same community!
We have observed that early music exposure seems to support the development of listening skills for children with hearing loss who are learing to develop listening and spoken langauge. There is a growing body of research that links music to math skill development. A recent study in the renowned journal Nature showed that when groups young learners were given music instruction that focused on sequential skill development and rhythm and pitch musical games, they scored significantly better in math than students in groups that received traditional music instruction. Your support of this project will help us further our music instruction and enjoyment in support of children and families.
Music is a powerful and effective way for most children to connect with grown-ups or peers, have fun, and learn. This is even true for children who are deaf or hard of hearing! Experiencing rhythm, different pitches, and melodies can help even the littlest learners - including those who are deaf or hard of hearing - develop the ability to listen. Through their high technology hearing aids or cochlear implants, the children we serve can learn to listen, talk, sing and begin their journey to fully integrate into their neighborhood schools by the time they are in kindergarten. Your generous donations are helping us to acquire the musical instruments and materials that make this possible. Thank you!
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