I'm a big fan of Kindermusik! I am lucky enough to live in a bigger city where there are multiple locations that classes are conducted. Their classes are so fun, and some include learning sign language!
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I have had many OT (occupational therapy) clients who weren't learning to talk with just speech therapy or developmental services, but did learn to speak after attending Kindermusik classes! Now, it is not designed just for the special needs child yet these children potentially can benefit greatly. One child I am thinking of who benefited is a child with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), and at age 2 1/2 he was still mostly non-verbal except for saying "mama, dada, and hi". After attending a few Kindermusik classes he began humming, then with a few more classes he began to insert a few simple words into the song mixed in with the humming. At that time, he still was unable to express his needs and wants, but at least he was speaking! Then, during speech therapy sessions the therapist began to encorporate his favorite Kindermusik songs and instruments with more traditional therapy techniques. Within six months the child had a vocabulary of between 75-100 words, and was able to express some basic needs and wants...yeah! Once he turned three years old, he graduated the program (early intervention) that I work for so for a while I didn't know how he was progressing. Then, about a year later I saw him at a birthday party that my daughter was attending. I could not believe the difference in his language skills! He was not only expressing basic needs/wants and labeling items, but he was socializing with other children as long as it wasn't too loud in the room. Unfortunately, his sensory processing skills hindered his ability to stay in the room for some of the games and as the "Happy Birthday" song was being sang, but Wow had he made progress! I don't think Kindermusik cured all of this child's speech/communication problems, but it did jump start his ability to talk.