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Great Tool/Educational resources for Parnets,
Teacher,Daycare, Preschool, Schools and Nurseries.
Introduction to signing songs for babies or children
with special needs. Works for all babies/children, music
and movement for all. Developed by a BCMT (Board
Certified Music Therapist).
Track 1 explains why you should use Signing Songs. Track
1 is 6 min long and was developed for parents and
teachers. Track 2 shows you how to sign each song, and
then each song is signed and sung. Track 2 is 12 min.
Note: the track auto plays the next 2 tracks, making
total run time 63 min. Track 3 is just the music
therapist signing and singing the songs along with the
kid-o's. Tack 3 is 8 min (again play next track auto so
total time is 54 min. Track 4 repeats signing and
singing the songs for 44 min. Track 4 is so you don't
have to keep running in the room and hitting play again
when it ends.( I'm a parent, I understand not wanting to
run in the room ever couple of minutes.) Note: most
parents start track 2 and let it run for 63 min.
The DVD enables babies/children to speak with their
hands before they can talk. Increases clarity of child's
wants and needs. Promotes active participation and play.
Creates a rich learning environment; fosters language
growth and music appreciation. May help a child speak
sooner by increasing their receptive language
vocabulary. Provides an opportunity to strengthen and
develop fine motor skills. Decreases a child's
frustration by providing a developmentally appropriate
way to communicate before they can verbalize. Encourages
cognitive development and neuron connections in the
brain. Sign language may increase a child's independence
by providing a way for them to initiate interactions
with their environment.
How is sign language used in this video?
Specific words in songs are highlighted by signs. Target
words are paired with signs in music to provide for an
opportunity for learning in a structured and fun manner.
Signs in this video are not exact; rather they are made
to be appropriate for the cognitive and fine motor
developmental level of children. The signs, gestures,
and imitation skills learned are meant to be an easy way
to bridge the gap until more expressive language skills
are learned. In addition to specific signs, it is
important for children to be able to imitate actions and
gestures. Songs in this video provide also provide
opportunity to practice imitation skills, not just
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Jessica Marshall, managing editor,
The Johnson County Sun 2006 -- July 13, 2006
The GLP designed the
DVD to help children with special needs like [their
two-year-old son], Dakota, who has Down's syndrome. But
the DVD can be helpful in developing the speech and
motor skills of all children, Sign
language for babies and toddlers is meant to be an easy
way to bridge the gap until more expressive skills are
learned,It also provides children with a
great opportunity to imitate others -- an important
skill in those early years." The couple collaborated
with music therapist Lesley Ketcham to produce the
21-minute DVD, underwritten by [Missouri] nonprofit
organization, The Gifted Learning Project. Ketcham works
at the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center at
Shawnee Mission Medical Center, where Dakota receives
music therapy. "Signing to music is also something we do
at home because it has a lot of benefits for Dakota,"
Sherri said. "I think it's easier to learn signs through
songs than just straight sign language. My husband
thought it worked great and that it might help other
[The DVD is divided into] three segments. The first is
the therapist talking about why sign language is
important. Then it goes through the signs and songs and
what they help develop. The third segment is her singing
and signing. The parent or educator can watch it on
their own to learn the signs or they can just put it on
and watch it with the kids. Teaching through
music makes learning fun and memorable. "I immediately
noticed how quickly and how well my son learned to sign
and communicate with our family," he said. "I wanted
this great tool available to all parents." There's
information on the Web site about the project. The
project is truly driven out of a desire to help people.
All proceeds are funneled back into the organization for
development of future educational materials.
Lesley Ketcham, Dakota, Savannah, Sherri
Doubting Thoma's Teacher Pick Award.
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