If a child learns to keep the beat, he or she then also develops the skill to be able to follow a rhythmic pattern. This follows quite naturally – you do not need to teach the rhythm, they can just do it. This helps them not only in sports, but also in following instructions, music, math, speech, reading and writing as they are all skills based in rhythm. In speech, rhythm helps us select and extrapolate phonemes, syllables, words, and phrases from an ongoing speech stream. Having good rhythmic skills, therefore, appears to be essential not only for music or dance but also for language and communication. Good self esteem, confidence, happiness in learning and life flows from this.