Why and how music can be used to rehabilitate and develop speech and language skills in hearing-impaired children

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Torppa , R & Huotilainen , M 2019 , ' Why and how music can be used to rehabilitate and develop speech and language skills in hearing-impaired children ' , Hearing Research , vol. 380 , pp. 108-122 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heares.2019.06.003

Title: Why and how music can be used to rehabilitate and develop speech and language skills in hearing-impaired children
Author: Torppa, Ritva; Huotilainen, Minna
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology and Logopedics
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2019-09-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Hearing Research
ISSN: 0378-5955
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/305062
Abstract: This paper presents evidence for a strong connection between the development of speech and language skills and musical activities of children and adolescents with hearing impairment and/or cochlear implants. This conclusion is partially based on findings for typically hearing children and adolescents, showing better speech and language skills in children and adolescents with musical training, and importantly, showing increases of speech and language skills in children and adolescents taking part in musical training. Further, studies of hearing-impaired children show connections between musical skills, involvement in musical hobbies, and speech and language skills. Even though the field is still lacking large-scale randomised controlled trials on the effects of musical interventions on the speech and language skills of children and adolescents with hearing impairments and cochlear implants, the current evidence seems enough to urge speech therapists, music therapists, music teachers, parents, and children and adolescents with hearing impairments and/or cochlear implants to start using music for enhancing speech and language skills. For this reason, we give our recommendations on how to use music for language skill enhancement in this group.
Subject: 515 Psychology
6163 Logopedics
Cochlear implant
Hearing aid
Language
Speech
Music
Child
Brain
COCHLEAR IMPLANT USERS
IN-NOISE PERCEPTION
SHORT-TERM MUSIC
DEAF-CHILDREN
CORTICAL REPRESENTATION
PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS
COGNITIVE-DEVELOPMENT
PLASTICITY
VOCABULARY
ATTENTION
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