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
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 specific signs.
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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, 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 people."
[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. www.giftedlearningproject.org.
Lesley Ketcham, Dakota, Savannah, Sherri
Doubting Thoma's Teacher Pick Award.
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