Rhythmicity and timing refer to any type of activity requiring the coordination of sound and vibration with movement. It has been discovered that a child’s capacity for rhythmicity and timing helps to build the foundation for his or her emotional and intellectual development.

This goes back to infancy and even the prenatal period, when babies move in rhythm with their mothers’ voices. Even new babies have this wonderful capacity to be in harmony with their caregivers’ vocalisms and movements. Feeling in tune with another person facilitates all types of communication and learning, including language.

One study shows that this capacity for harmonious, rhythmic interaction can be correlated with cognitive capacity. In infancy and the preschool years, children who get into these harmonious back-and forth rhythms with their caregivers as part of a joyful relationship have a distinct head start in their development of their cognitive skills.