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Using Music and Song to Develop Speech

Date: February 18, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0


The other night was my son’s mother/son dance.  As we were dancing the kids started cheering because the song The Fox by Ylvis was blasting from the DJ booth.  For many of you parents you have heard your children sing this song numerous times through out the day.  Its a very popular song among preschoolers and elementary school kids.

As I was listening to the words I started to think like a speech therapist and said this song is perfect.  It emphasizes animal sounds which I always advise parents to use with their children to get them to imitate sounds.  Animal sounds have consonants and vowels together and also repetition of the sounds (ex; woof woof).  This is important in teaching kids to imitate.

Then as I continued to listen to the song I said the song is made up of various speech patterns which continue to repeat line after line.  We teach kids to imitate single sounds which leads to sentences.  This song uses so many different consonant and vowel combinations.  As I heard so many moms complain about this song all I could think is this song is perfect for kids learning to make sounds and put sounds together in a fun upbeat manner.

I wondered if the singer of this song knows a speech  therapist. 


The Fox by Ylvis

Dog goes woof
Cat goes meow
Bird goes tweet and mouse goes squeak
Cow goes moo
Frog goes croak and the elephant goes toot
Ducks say quack and fish go blub and the
Seal goes ow ow ow, but theres one sound
That no one knows
What does the fox say?
What’s the fox say?
What’s the fox say?

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