Nicky’s Small Talk post – why kids should listen to hip hop and rap! – Mail Online

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I just listened to the Ed Sheeran on Desert Island Disks.  One of his record choices was M and M’s second album from which he selected one song. The reason for his choice was interesting to me as a Speech and Language Therapist.  Ed learnt to rap every single word of every single song on this album to help improve his stammer. Who’d have thought it!  The rate, the rhythm and the motor planning of the movements of the articulators helped to obliterate his stammer and at the age of 12 or 13 he won an award at a stammering gala for rapping.  It will benefit all children because learning a rap song boosts memory, encourages fluent speech and is lots of fun for all the family! If you want to read more about the benefits of rapping and hip hop, I recently helped write this article. 

Tonight we’ll be eating our supper to the following tracks, try having some rap battles with your kids… you’ll be amazed how quickly they pick up the words!

Good Feeling by Flo Rida
Ham n Eggs by a Tribe Called Quest
Me Myself and I, The Magic Number and Tread Water by De La Soul
Tennessee by Arrested Development

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