Readings, Clips & Articles by Julie Wylie and Others
Understanding Anxiety in Children
This is an informative article about what’s happening in the brain and body of a child who is feeling anxious. The author Karen Young has also written a picture book called “Hey Warrior” to help children “understand anxiety and to find their ‘brave’.
The Importance of Keeping a Beat: Researchers Link Ability to Keep a Beat to Reading, Language Skills
The findings of a Northwestern University study of more than 100 high school students lend proof to the surprising link between music, rhythmic abilities and language skills.
The Beautiful World of Baroque Music
This film clip includes beautiful footage of children drawing, dancing and interacting as they listen to Baroque music, such as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. As the narrator on the film clip says, “Neuroscience research suggests Baroque music slows down the heart beat and tunes the brain to the alpha state, where both halves of the brain are accessed equally. Regular exposure to Baroque music can positively affect development of the brain.”
Waiata and the Brain
A podcast. Singing waiata to pēpi massively helps language development. When pēpi is born they are able to respond to certain tones with a matching tone. Singing and tone matching gives a basis for learning language.