Helping Children Develop through Music and Motion

Raising children can be delightful and difficult at the same time. Parents who raise children with developmental delays might know this better than anyone else. 

1 in 6 children (about 15%) in the U.S. has a developmental disability. It’s important that the parents of these children have the support they need and that the children have a way to develop and cope in spite of their delay.

What is a Developmental Delay?

According to My Health My Resources (MHMR), a developmental delay is when a child is behind schedule reaching early childhood milestones. Check out their list of developmental milestones. These significant lags may occur in one or more areas of growth: emotional, mental or physical.

Types of Delays:

  • Communication — speech and language

  • Cognitive — thinking and learning

  • Motor — movement

  • Social/emotional — relationships, interactions

  • Self-help — feeding, dressing

If a child has a developmental delay, early intervention is highly recommended.

One of the most effective methods for helping children with learning or intellectual disabilities is music therapy.

MHMR Children with Developmental Delays Serve Denton

Music and Motion

Children primarily learn through music and motion. The combination of these two activities can allow a child with developmental delays to develop the skills needed to achieve the maximum level of functionality in society. The younger they begin music therapy, the better.

Music can help children develop in a number of ways. It can help them with their speech, cognition and communication as well as their motor and social skills. 

The music itself teaches them to discriminate between sounds, which allows them to recognize patterns and develop language and communication.

When motion accompanies music, it allows children to develop their motor skills. By moving repetitively and in rhythm, they learn hand-eye coordination and gain confidence in their movements.

MHMR Music and Motion Serve Denton

All of this is done in a group, which fosters social skills in the children that participate. They learn how to socialize with the other children and develop the ability to be with other people in a safe environment.

Available in Denton

My Health My Resources (MHMR), one of Serve Denton’s nonprofit partners, hosts a Music and Motion class at the Serve Denton Center every week. Their organization specializes in working with children who have developmental delays. 

MHMR’s Music and Motion class brings the community together, allows children with special needs and social anxiety to connect with typical developing children. The parents who attend are able to connect with one another and learn more about the disabilities of other children and how they might be able to better help their own child. The facilitators lead and demonstrate to the parents how to incorporate the songs learned in class into their daily routines at home.

MyHealth MyResources Serve Denton

MHMR has been facilitating Music and Motion classes for 3 years and has recently begun hosting them at the Serve Denton Center. They take place every Wednesday at 11:00 am.

We are so thankful to partner with MHMR and honored to host their classes.To learn more about MHMR’s Music and Motion program, contact Arrenia Thomas at arrenia.thomas@mhmrtc.org. If you are interested in having MHMR come out for an evaluation, you can call 1-(888)-754-0524 or (817)-446-8000.