Excerpt from Special Needs Neighborhood: (click for entire article)
The American Association for the Advancement of Science, www.aaas.org, met this past weekend. The scientists agreed that a connection exists in the brain between words and music. They said that music education can help children with developmental delays, including autism, to use speech more accurately.
Dr. Gottfried Schlaug, Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, told the meeting that music is a multisensory experience that activates several links to parts of the brain. Nina Kraus, Director of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University, reported that new studies show that musical training enhances the brain’s ability to do other things. For example, playing an instrument may help youngsters better process speech in noisy classrooms and to process social nuances.
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