This article explains the newly discovered connection between dyslexia and rhythm so well I am going to quote it.
“Prof Usha Goswami found that the dyslexia is not caused by children reading words incorrectly, but instead their inability to hear the rhythm of words when they are being spoken. Brain scans show that the metre of words was out of phase with internal rhythms in the brain, meaning that youngsters struggled to encode the patterns, and therefore memorise speech.”
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But keeping up rhythmic practice, including using nursery rhymes, will eventually help dyslexic children to read properly. This could have an enormous effect on the learning and early interventions in schools, not to mention the tens of thousands of children’s lives it could change.
In Australia, Dyslexia is estimated to affect some 10% of the population, which is deemed as conservative whereas in other English as first language countries such as Canada, UK and US it is estimated to be 20% (Source: Australian Dyslexia Association). That’s between 2 and 4 students in any Year 1 class of 20.
Just imagine if music learning could be used to improve the neural synchronisation of every child BEFORE they reach the age where they begin the Herculean cognitive task of learning how to read. How would our schools, families, communities and, way down the line, our criminal justice systems change?
Read the article here