March 29, 2023

Noodle and Friends are effectively beloved Tremendous Easy characters and songs that I, as a Speech Language Pathologist, continuously use in speech remedy classes. I’ll decide a few of my favorites to share concepts for how one can help speech and language growth at residence all whereas having enjoyable!

Why do I really like Noodle and Friends songs? To completely clarify it, I must cowl some fundamentals of speech and language growth. Language growth begins in early infancy and continues to develop all through one’s grownup life. Infants study speech and language by observing and listening to others round them. They start by listening to sounds which are made when others transfer their lips, and this builds to finally understanding that combining sure sounds will make significant phrases. In different phrases, kids study to grasp what others are saying (receptive language) earlier than they’re able to communicate (expressive language).
Most dad and mom are likely to put an enormous emphasis on expressive language- the precise phrases infants and toddlers start to say. Which is smart as a result of verbal speech is what you possibly can truly see and listen to as children develop. Nevertheless, receptive language is simply as vital to ensure that a baby be an efficient communicator. Receptive information can vary from having the ability to level to gadgets which are named, to following instructions, to understanding what’s taught in class. Which brings us again to why Noodle and Friends are superior. They’ve some wonderful songs to work on early receptive language abilities.

One Little Finger:

That is one in all my all time favourite Tremendous Easy songs. I really like utilizing One Little Finger when educating kids about physique components in addition to following easy instructions. This track particularly teaches head, nostril, chin, arm, leg, and foot, however I prefer to make up my very own track to study different physique components and even pointing to different objects (i.e. sing “put it on the ground”). Some children wrestle studying pronouns and I typically use this track to show the possessive pronouns ‘your’, ‘my’, ‘his’, and ‘her’ (“Put it on MY nostril” vs “Put it in your nostril”). This track can also be nice to study and observe pointing, waving bye bye, and utilizing/understanding the prepositions up and down!

If You’re Blissful:

If You’re Blissful is ideal for studying each easy feelings and following one step instructions. Studying about feelings is an important early social talent, and really begins growing when infants are very younger! I like to make use of this track to observe making and recognizing facial expressions and emotions. You may push pause whereas watching the video and ask how the characters really feel when they’re smiling, or give instructions corresponding to “Present me joyful”, or ask “How do I really feel if my face seems like this?” It additionally helps children study easy directions like “clap your arms”.

I additionally take pleasure in including on to this track by educating trigger and impact for easy desires and desires. “In case you’re hungry hungry hungry, eat your meals”, “In case you’re thirsty thirsty thirsty, take a drink”, and “In case you’re damage damage damage, say ouchie”.

This track holds a particular place in my coronary heart because it brings again a really particular reminiscence everytime I hear it. Earlier this 12 months I used to be evaluating a baby who’s on the autism spectrum and he was overwhelmed with being in a brand new setting. In consequence, he was struggling to interact with others and the actions, and I might inform it was actually troublesome for his mother to look at. She needed to point out us a few of his strengths and began singing If You’re Blissful. His face instantly lit up and he checked out her, smiled, and stomped his toes. It’s a reminiscence I’ll maintain expensive forever- but in addition an amazing reminder that music not solely helps with language growth and bringing again optimistic reminiscences, it will probably additionally calm those that are upset, and assist those that wrestle making connections be capable to have interaction with others.

Strolling Strolling:

Phrase of warning: be ready for you children to get a bit wild with this one- however I promise will probably be so value it! Plus children study greatest after they have enjoyable as a result of enjoying and motion helps the mind make extra connections. This track is nice for studying motion words- stroll, hop/soar, run, cease, tip-toe, swim, and sleep are all particularly taught. I additionally prefer to work on opposites like quick/sluggish and loud/quiet (“let’s stroll quick quick quick!!!!”, “now let’s stroll slllloooooow”, “Let’s be LOUD LOUD LOUD”, “Whoa, that was so loud, now let’s be quiet, shhhh”). A enjoyable twist is letting your baby provide you with instructions or enjoying Simon Says.

An added bonus is that this tune is catchy and excellent for making up your individual songs as you go about your day! Modeling language and speaking about your day as you go is the BEST means to assist a baby learn to speak, and singing it makes it a bit extra enjoyable for everybody. “Consuming consuming, consuming consuming, chomp chomp chomp, chomp chomp chomp, I’m so hungry, I’m so hungry, let’s eat extra, let’s eat extra”, “Getting dressed, getting dressed, put it on, put it on, now I’m prepared, now I’m prepared, let’s go play, let’s go play”, or “ready ready, ready ready, I can wait, I can wait, ready ready ready, ready ready ready, now let’s go, now let’s go!”

Comply with Me:

Comply with Me is a wonderful track for rising receptive vocabulary and following a bit extra advanced instructions. A lesser identified, however vital communication talent is utilizing gestures to facilitate communication, and this track has a number of gestures for youngsters to mimic. Waving your hand in direction of your self when saying “observe me”, arms out for “yay”, waving “hi there”, and flapping your arms for “flying” are gestures to observe with this track.

This track can also be a superb solution to introduce a brand new recreation of imitation- Comply with the Chief. Get exterior and have your baby imitate your actions (whereas saying what you might be doing!). Take turns and make certain your baby and youthful/older siblings get to be the chief. You may remark about what your kids do as they move- “Jackson is the chief! He’s strolling across the tree, now he’s leaping up excessive, ohhh now he’s rolling on the bottom!”

In case you actually need to work on receptive language abilities, I might suggest beginning with the movies to provide your baby a visible to assist them study. If you find yourself educating and studying with movies, it’s vital to do not forget that the important thing to studying will not be within the video itself, however within the interplay between grownup and baby. Singing alongside, dancing, and doing the actions along with your baby may have a big impact on their skill to learn- kids make many extra synapses of their mind when they’re having enjoyable and interesting with others- and far much less when sitting alone watching a display screen. As soon as your baby is ready to do the actions with the video, attempt singing it with out the visible assist and see what your baby can just do by listening! You can even obtain the songs on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify, which is nice for at residence and automotive rides!

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Andi PuttiContributor
Andi Putt is a mommy, pediatric Speech Language Pathologist, and chocolate lover. She makes a speciality of language growth and autism spectrum issues, and has deep love for serving to kids with particular wants. Andi is keen about educating dad and mom tips on how to help speech and language growth at residence, and does this on her weblog at Comply with her on Fb and Instagram for fast ideas to enhance your baby’s communication abilities.

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