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Who are your videos designed for?
Our educational videos are designed for children ages 2 - 8 years old.
Our Strokes, Shapes & Scenes Videos is the perfect "pre-writing" tool to help the youngest child learn how to motor plan basic strokes and shapes. This video also helps encourage creativity for those that need help with abstract thinking and drawing basic pictures .
Each Alphabets Beats video is designed for children ages 2½ - 8. Alphabet Beats will help young children quickly learn letter recognition and assist kindergarteners motor plan the formation of each letter of the alphabet. Surprisingly, most children begin writing their first day of kindergarten. Most parents expect that their child will begin learning how to write in the classroom. However, most teachers expect that their students have already started practicing and working on handwriting at home.
Often it can be a struggle just to motivate children to pick up a pencil. It can be even more difficult to teach them how to form the letters of the alphabet. Our videos have helped thousands of children build valuable skills quickly and confidently. These videos are uniquely designed to help children learn using a fun and entertaining format that they will request to watch over and over again!
“I love Alphabet Beats because both of my kids can practice writing together - it benefits both my Kindergartner and my special needs preschooler. They find it fun to watch and enjoy writing the alphabet letters now! Thanks so much for making writing fun!"
Alicia Burr, Mother
Palm Harbor, Florida
Why do your programs work so well?
Our videos teach children using three main principles:
1) Visual: Most children are visual learners and tend to retain more when taught visually
2) Auditory/Rhythm: Children like rhymes and rhythm-it's a great way to learn. Most children learn their ABC's for the first time by singing the ABC song! We always incorporate catchy songs and chants in our videos that children will remember and which will help guide them through motor planning the desired action later.
3) Repetition: Children enjoy and learn through repetition! How many times have you read the same book to them at bedtime?
"My 11-year-old son with Asperger's just started the Alphabet Beats DVD for upper case letters and it is a huge hit. He is writing the best I've ever seen. Thank You! ...Writing letters has always been painful for him and he has required a great amount of mental concentration. He has been extremely self-conscious about how his letters look. For some reason, if something is fun or engaging, he focuses better and generates better "product"..."
Jennifer Lomelli, Mother
Manhattan Beach, California
How does the program work?
Each video is an instructional tool that can be used at home with your DVD player, on a computer, or even in your car's entertainment DVD player! These videos should be watched in chapter segments -- about five minutes at a time.
We recommend your child watch a chapter all the way through. Usually the first time he sees a new chapter, he may be too engaged to try and write at the same time-that's OK. After the chapter is finished, the DVD will automatically return to the main menu.
User friendly DVD menus make it easy to select individual chapters.
Next, try practicing with your child using a gentle hand-over-hand technique (if necessary) while repeating our chant or song. Release your guiding hand as your child becomes more confident in his ability to make the formations. Use markers, crayons, an etch-a-sketch - anything he feels most comfortable using. Remember, it is important to allow your child to learn at his own pace.
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SPECIAL NOTE FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Information for children with Autism and other special needs
Although our video programs are beneficial to many children, they have proven extremely effective for those living with Autism, PDD, ADD/ADHD, Down Syndrome and various other special needs. Our programs are visual, auditory, and repetitive. This visual/multi-sensory approach has proven to connect very effectively with these children!
These videos are produced and directed by a mother of a child living with Autism. As you will see from our demonstrations, the video style is specific and simplistic. While programs are very engaging, it is also low stimulating. Special care and planning has been taken to eliminate distracting images that would divert a child from focusing on the specific topic.
Our Alphabet Beats videos focus on behavior modeling and showcase skits that are intended to be imitated or repeated. In our visit to the Doctor (UPPERCASE D) and the Dentist (lowercase d), for instance, Miss Marnie portrays very positive experiences. Through direct observation, many children will often imitate the skits after watching them. By watching Alphabet Beats' videos, they become more comfortable with these situations. We perform other sensory situations like putting on a band-aid, brushing teeth & hair, finger painting, using play-dough, and many others. We encourage you to use the power of our visual modeling in these vocabulary skits to help desensitize your child to these experiences.
Resources for the parent of a child on the
Autism Spectrum (PDD-NOS, Autism, ADD/ADHD)
The TV Teacher™, LLC, does not endorse the following information. It should be used for informational use only. It is not meant to diagnose symptoms, treatments or offer medical advice of any kind. Every child and situation is different, and what works for one, may not work for another.
The following information is written by Susan Ellis, co-founder of The TV Teacher™, and parent of a child with Autism. Susan is often asked by other parents of children with special needs, what they can do for their children, and what she has done for her own son, Ryan, that has helped him thrive so quickly. This information is provided strictly as her own personal account of success. It is intended to offer some resources and options to others that might help them along their journey as a parent of a child with special needs.
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Visuals: Other Videos
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Products & Games
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