Step into Listening and Language

Welcome!

You are here because you realise you are the most important person in your child’s life to help them grow and enjoy life, and develop listening and language. Your child has a hearing loss and has already received their hearing devices or is on the journey to get them. We know that the ears are the doorways to the brain so choosing the best technology for your child and making sure it works all the time is crucial for their development now and their future life! Without optimal hearing, the brain will not be able to develop communication. And music is the most fun and complete way to develop your child’s listening brain.

On this website you will find guidance, resources and information to help you and your child enjoy this precious time together and communicate!

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You have lots of questions and there might not be any immediate answers. 

One thing we do know: spending time with your baby doing fun activities will give them the best possible start.

Now let’s listen to Chris & Carol talk about music and the brain, and why music is so important for babies with a hearing loss.

want to get started with BabyBeatS?

Check out the instructional video, or download the instructional PDF and the app today!

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Want to get more out of BabyBeats? Now you have taken a look at the video that shows you how to get started, click here to find out how you can get the very most out of BabyBeats!

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Or how about discrimination…. Have a look at this video and see how:

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Would you like more ideas on how to turn everyday activities (repetition is key to help your child’s brain to learn new skills – you really can’t repeat words and activities enough (even though you might want to give up after 3 times)) into fun brain stimulation activities?

You have lots of questions and there might not be any immediate answers. But talking to someone who has been where you are, can help you get through all the good and maybe sometimes challenging times.

One thing we do know: spending time with your baby doing fun activities will give them the best possible start.

Now let’s listen to Chris & Carol talk about music and brain, and why music is so important for babies with a hearing loss.

So you want to get started with BabyBeatS?

Check out the instructional video, or download the instructional PDF and then download the app today!

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Now that you know that BB can help you to develop your child’s brain in your daily life and you know how to navigate the app, how can we turn BB into a listening and language tool?

One of the things you can do to help your child very important first listening skills is wait and…

Just by doing this you can see…

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Or how about discrimination…. Have a look at this video and see how:

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Would you like more ideas on how to turn everyday activities (repetition is key to help your child’s brain to learn new skills – you really can’t repeat words and activities enough (even though you might want to give up after 3 times)) into fun brain stimulation activities?

You have lots of questions and there might not be any immediate answers. 

One thing we do know: spending time with your baby doing fun activities will give them the best possible start.

Now let’s listen to Chris & Carol talk about music and the brain, and why music is so important for babies with a hearing loss.

Want to get started with BabyBeats?

Check out the instructional video, or download the instructional PDF and the app today!

Downloads

Getting the Most out of the BabyBeats Resource!

Thank you so much for downloading the BabyBeats App.

Now you have taken a look at the video that shows you how to get started, here’s how you can get the very most out of BabyBeats, so you and your baby can enjoy it whilst making the most of all that BabyBeats has to offer.

BabyBeats supports 5 areas which are all crucial to your babies’ overall development and are particularly important for young children with hearing loss:
 

1. Social and Emotional

From the earliest days, babies are learning social and emotional skills by making connections with others. Even very small babies will pick up on the emotional cues that their loved ones send them, and send out cues for others to respond to.

These secure attachments help the parts of a baby’s brain responsible for social and emotional development, communication and relationships to grow.

BabyBeats supports social and emotional development by using music, which is a natural way for parents and babies to connect and respond to each other.
 

2. Communication 

Music has been shown to stimulate many different areas of the brain, and all the areas children need for language development. Babies learn about communication through talking laughing and playing- so fun, repetitive activities are the best for growing their brains for language!

BabyBeats supports communication development by using music to immerse babies in consistent musical activities and when the music is combined with singing, you are giving your baby the best possible opportunity to learn by providing the framework for high quality interactions. This is because singing is a relaxed and easy way to use all the features of speech that babies love and that tune their brains in for listening.
 

3. Play 

It’s through play that babies learn about themselves and the world around them. Play can be structured or unstructured, but all play gives babies the opportunity to develop the important skills around learning, relationships and communication

BabyBeats supports play development by combining music with age appropriate play experiences to make each activity fun and enjoyable!
 

4. Listening 

We know that we can achieve the best possible result for children with hearing loss by making sure they are fitted with the best technology, as early as possible, and that they wear their hearing technology for all their waking hours.

BabyBeats supports listening by using music and singing that babies with hearing loss enjoy listening to, and giving them lots of opportunities to hear, listen to, respond and anticipate the music, sounds and voices.
 

Movement & Music

Welcome to BabyBeats! If you are new to the App, or you have just found out that your baby has a hearing loss then this is the best place to start. That’s because the Music and Movement musical trail introduces your baby to their first and favourite toy—YOU! By listening to the music, singing and moving together you and your baby are working on those strong emotional connections and growing your baby’s brain for listening, language and music.

Here are a few simple things you might want to think about to get the most out of the Music & Movement trail.
 

Key things you can do to get the most out of Movement & Music
 

Positioning - Get in close! Make sure you are close to your baby so you are giving them the best possible chance to hear you. Singing close helps them to hear your voice and experience sounds through feeling the vibrations from your chest and this feeling of closeness makes your baby feel secure. Babies enjoy and are soothed by the sound of soothing music and singing whilst being held.  


Use a sing song voice. Sing song voices make your baby’s listening brain wake up! Babies from as young as 3 to 6 months will attend to music and singing and can be settled down by sing song voices and music And when you combine your Sing Song voice with music and actions, like rocking you are giving your baby a whole brain workout!  


Watch, Wait and Exaggerate! Does your baby respond to the music and your voice? Does your baby notice that the Music and singing has stopped or changed? Babies under the age of one do notice and can respond when music changes. Start the music but wait and listen for a small part first. Or exaggerate the pauses between fast actions and stopping. Watch and Wait to see if they do! They might smile, or frown, become still or more active, laugh or cry- by watching and waiting you are sending a message to your baby that tells them it’s their turn to communicate. And by understanding, interpreting and responding to your baby’s unique cues you are giving them the high quality responsive interactions that are crucial for their social and emotional development.  


Take turns and Copy. Babies enjoy music, actions and singing so much they can become really active and chatty! Babies from around the age of 6 months are already able to move their bodies when they hear music. Copy the actions, sounds and babble to join in with their communication  and copy the noises they make too- this shows them that you are listening and responding to them, and your baby will probably copy you back! 


Put words onto actions. There are no words for the Musical tracks in BabyBeats, but this does not mean that you can’t make them up for yourself!  Match words onto the rhythm of the music so your baby can hear that some words are short, and others are longer. 


Show them you are Listening. Show your baby that you are listening by looking expectantly, to show them you are waiting for something to happen and perhaps using a listening cue, such as putting your hand up to your ear.


Download this checklist to help you remember the things you can try to get the most out of BabyBeats!

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