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"Sookie & Finn, Our Day” is a clear, thoughtful, research-based DVD aimed at encouraging a child’s language development through interaction with a parent. Designed with a speech language pathologist, “Sookie and Finn” has all the elements of a fantastic language lesson for all kids–1) entertaining and spunky cartoon characters 2) learning language through a child’s typical day of waking up, getting dressed, eating breakfast, going to the park, taking a bath and getting into bed, 3)labeling common objects, repeating sentences and relevant words to a child’s world, 4)reinforcing concepts through nursery songs of the same theme and 5) instructing parents on how to maximize language learning through viewing the DVD with their child. Each of the six vignettes is followed by a friendly narrator who reviews the sentences and single vocabulary words essential to the story–breakfast, eat, egg, toast, too hot, blow, yummy and mess for breakfast. Timely pauses allow breaks for a child and parent to chime in and interact with the DVD. The instruction and role of the parent as participant with their child’s viewing of “Sookie &Finn” sets this DVD apart. Their theme of “Talk with us” is exactly what parents should do as they view the DVD together with their child and follow the tips to maximize language learning. Repeat the same verbal routines during your daily activities with your child, sing the songs, extend the story by using toys related to the film, talk about what happened in the story and relate it to your child’s world. An extensive list of tips to encourage a child’s speech and language as well as developmental charts give this DVD an instructional component that parents can learn from and apply when viewing other media with their children.
www.playonwords.com by Sherry Artemenko, Speech & Language Pathologist
Excellent. Good for young children with speech and language difficulties. I have triplets and they love it. All three have autistic tendencies and this DVD doesn't over stimulate them. It's a shame there is only one.
Sarah, mum to triplets
"Are you looking for new ways to promote the speech and language skills of your child? Sookie and Finn is a fun DVD aimed at developing the speech and language skills of children between the ages of 9 months and 3 years.
The DVD, devised in consultation with a speech and language therapist, contains 4 short animated films based on activities that occur in everyday life, like getting up in the morning, and play time in the park.
These short films target specific early words that children hear throughout the story; this vocabulary is then reinforced again at the end of each episode. The vocabulary is further reinforced by the inclusion of songs as part of each story, adding a fun way of engaging with what you are watching.
There are opportunities for children to interact with the DVD and it provides strategies for promoting the development of early language."
Recommendation on www.talkingpoint.org.uk, ultimate resource in the UK for children's communication
My daughter is two and a half and has an expressive language delay problem. She had very few single words until recently. I bought this as a concerned parent on a very long waiting list for speech therapy in the hope that it would help in some way. My daughter loves watching Sookie and Finn doing everyday activities e.g getting up, washed, dressed, eating breakfast, going to the park, bedtime etc. The language used is clear and seems to be aimed at children to encourage them to put 2 words together. The recap at the end of the section is useful and there are songs that most children will be familiar with e.g row row row your boat. My daughter is now pointing to the TV trying to say some of the words and is saying the odd word what comes next. For a child with a delay this is heartening for the parents and gives us hope that she will eventually develop her language skills in relation to her peers. This DVD may not be the answer to speech delay problems and I doubt it can make children talk if they don't wish to do so but it probably helps. My daughter finds it enjoyable and the animation is simple but effective. Her single words have increased and whilst this is not just because of a DVD, this DVD helps re-iterate stories and events in a way she can understand and can therefore be used in addition to parental one to one help. If you are in the same position as me- it's worth a try!
"I am happy to say that I am making good use of the DVDs with a range of children aged between 3 - 5 (and their siblings). The format is very good as the graphics are clear and entertaining but simple enough for young children to appreciate. The sequencing of ideas is very appealing as it reflects a young child's experiences. They love the humour and antics of Sookie and Finn that cause much amusement. As a therapist, I really appreciate the presentation of vocabulary and two word phrases: the timing is excellent, giving opportunity for therapist or parent to repeat and reinforce.
Great and certainly to be recommended."
Lorraine Kelly-Atherton, Speech and Language Therapist
"Here's a long list of what I really loved about it (Sookie & Finn: Our Day DVD):
- Attention to detail
- Use of pro-nouns
- Routines to help children recall their own sequence at home
- The verbal descriptions of what was being seen, including colours
- Play sounds included
- Use of positional language
- The summary at the end of the programme.
Michelle Cross, Nursery Teacher
"Sookie and Finn are the lead characters in a DVD which supports parents and professionals in their work with language delayed children. In fact, this DVD would be useful for any early years' child who is learning to talk. The colours, sounds and structure of the DVD provides a useful framework for reinforcing children's play sounds, positional language, colours and opportunities to recall what has been learned. I loved the use of music and the summary at the end of each section."
Rose Johnson, Chief Executive, The Speech, Language and Hearing Centre
Sookie & Finn is absolutely fantastic... Thank you for such a professional and engaging DVD. After we had our son, we started to pay close attention to children’s books and programmes but we never came across such a perfect one. The story, the animations, colours are just great. Kethan watches Sookie & Finn as if he is in a trance during the day and sleeps with it at night :))) Here it is documented in the photo. We are looking forward to the next adventure of Sookie & Finn. Kethan already speaks a lot of words from the DVD –his favourite one being “toothbrush”
Mum to Kethan
"This DVD is fantastic for capturing a child's attention, very repetitive and just what we needed for our 3 year old late talker. He loves it."
"Thanks for a putting out a DVD that I don't feel guilty putting on for my 12 month old, as I'm not that supportive of so many commercial TV shows for kids. For a one year old (with such a short attention span), she is surprisingly engaged by the program, especially when the lady appears in the corner repeating the words, something I haven't seen in other shows.
The words are everyday phrases, useful and pronounced slowly with what appears to me to be a relatively neutral accent.
I would recommend this DVD to anyone with toddlers."
Christie, mother of 1 year old Jessica