New research by the Soundabout charity has revealed the positive benefits of using targeted music sessions to help the development of children in their early years.
The 3 year study of over 200 children under the age of 5 found that attending weekly music classes for 10 weeks could close developmental gaps of as much as six months. The research also showed the sessions helped children improve their capacity to manage their feelings and behaviour, boost their self-confidence, and heighten their ability to listen and pay attention, enabling them to ‘close the gap’ in terms of meeting their age-related expectations.
The effect was shown to be even more marked for young children with complex needs (having severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties), and the intervention in the early years appeared to have more impact than comparable interventions that have been tried later in childhood.
Clare Cook, CEO of the charity Soundabout said, “These findings are highly significant for everyone concerned with the education and care of young children who are developmentally delayed, and show what we have always suspected – that music can make a real difference to these children’s lives’.
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