Listen to short, repetitive pieces of music. Respond to differences in timbre (sounds), tempo, rhythm and pitch. Listen to the music for cues on how to move. Encourage your baby’s vocalizations in response to the music.
Listen and respond to music that starts and stops, plays slow then fast, or pauses. Through playing instruments, accompanied by short, contrasting music, your child learns to focus and listen more attentively.
Listen to full, melodic pieces of music that are contrasted with animal sounds or silence. Help your child use their hearing to notice different patterns in the music. Encourage your child to imitate movements and words.
Listen and respond to music that represents different modes of transportation. Discover how symbolic sounds and music help your child learn that sounds and words have meaning.
The BabyBeats™ early intervention resource provides a fun, motivating way to encourage your child’s communication both before and after using hearing aids or receiving cochlear implants. It is designed to be used with babies from three months to three years old.
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