Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects the way brain processes information. Dyslexia primarily affects an individual’s ability to read and learn new languages. Although dyslexia does not have a cure, there are numerous coping strategies which can treat its various symptoms. Music is one of them. Music has been hailed as a universal language, capable of transcending language barriers, cultures, and various other divides. Now, research is showing that music has powerful qualities when it comes to helping dyslexic individuals learn.
What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a type of learning disability among children and adults. It specifically affects the way in which the brain processes certain stimuli, such as reading and learning a new language.
Dyslexia manifests itself differently from person to person. Each dyslexic person therefore exhibits a unique combination of signs and symptoms, and may have different strengths and weaknesses. Diagnosing dyslexia may take some time, due to the fact that each individual will have a different manifestation of symptoms. Once diagnosed, dyslexia’s symptoms can be managed.
One of the many problems that dyslexic children face is a difficulty differentiating between auditory cues. They also struggle to rhyme. These problems are caused by inherent difficulties dyslexic individuals face with attention and timing.
Music has incredible abilities when it comes to helping dyslexic children overcome these challenges. Studies have shown that the use of music and even musical instruments can profoundly help dyslexic students. When used as a learning tool, music can help dyslexic students overcome numerous hurdles.
Learning how to play a musical instrument may be just what your child needs in order to cope with their dyslexia. Learning an instrument can be hard work, but it’s a structured process, which with hard work, can lead to your child acquiring an invaluable skill.
Many dyslexic children have found learning to play an instrument quite rewarding. Typically, most dyslexic individuals struggle to follow sequential instructions or steps. However, when they’re learning how to play an instrument, they are able to use their hands, and hear the result of the instructions they are following.
Learning chords can help dyslexic children feel more comfortable about following sequential steps. By breaking up a song into smaller chunks, they’ll begin to gain confidence in their ability to follow instructions while making music.
Music and Learning
Music is also effectively used as a learning aid for dyslexic students. Remember that those who suffer from dyslexia process information differently than their peers. In many instances, this means that they are highly visual or hands-on-learners. Music helps children learn because it literally brings the curriculum to life.
Many teachers have successfully used songs and rhymes to help children remember complex formulas in math or science, as well as instructions. Remembering a fun jingle helps dyslexic students overcome many of the mental roadblocks they face with regards to learning.
Here are some of the many ways in which music can help dyslexic students learn more effectively:
– Use a jingle to help students remember spellings
– Songs can be made out of segments of a lesson for children to retain all of the important facts
– Students can be taught to clap in order to break down words into their syllables
– Grammar lessons can be turned into songs so that children can remember them better. For instance, the famous ‘I before E except after C’ line to remember the placement of vowels
– Many dyslexic students struggle with dictation. By making up songs from the lesson plan and then asking students to write down the lyrics, they’ll be able to recall the information better
– Students can be encouraged to use musical sounds, rhythms, or clapping in order to remember the proper sequencing of things
– With math, multiplication tables or word problems can be turned into rhymes or songs
Music can go a long way in helping a dyslexic child learn. This is because it is a new, unique, creative, and interactive way to learn. This is exactly what dyslexic students need since their brains process information differently. We’re all familiar with the sensation of having a song stuck in our heads. It works in the same way for dyslexic students.
Turning lesson plans into songs or jingles can help students remember information and recall it with ease. It can also help them acquire important skills such as timing and increase their attention span. When it comes to finding new and innovative ways to help dyslexic students learn, the use of music is definitely an ingenious method to help them overcome many of the mental roadblocks to effective learning.