Exclusive Apple Music playlists support speech therapy

Warner Music UK, in partnership with Apple Music and Rothco, released “Saylists” on Wednesday, a collection of playlists filled with music selected to support speech therapy.

Aimed at young listeners, “Saylists” consists of songs that repeat sounds that are considered challenging for people with forms of speech and sound disorders (SSD), BBC reports.

Using a proprietary algorithm devised by Rothco, Apple Music scanned its library of 70 million songs for lyrics that contain repetition patterns commonly used in speech training. Examples include Dua Lipa “Don’t Start Now”, Lizzo “Good as Hell” and Fatboy Slim “Here Here, Now”.

The program is designed to complement a speech therapy strategy in which certain syllables, words and phrases are repeated over and over again, reports MusicWeek. “Saylists” are meant to combat the monotony of such therapy.

The top 10 “Saylists,” selected by Warner and speech therapist Anna Biavati-Smith, include 173 songs. More playlists could be added in the future.

“We fully believe in the power of music and its ability to change people’s lives for the better,” said Tony Harlow, CEO of Warner Music UK. “Helping people express themselves at the heart is what we do, and we hope that by creating a therapeutic tool that is as engaging and accessible as Saylist, we can help anyone struggling with their speech.”

“Saylists” are now available in the UK. It remains unclear whether the program will be extended to other regions.

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