Music Therapy sign language song for special needs individuals.
Goal: Clients will sign “more” or “all done” to request the continuation or ending of an activity.
Domains: Language, Motor
Communication is key. Whether through speech, sign, gestures, pictures, or a device, the capacity to connect with other people is essential. A good place to start is with two choices: “more” and “all done”. All done with that song? We’ll move on. Want to play that instrument some more? Go right ahead. When children learn that their ability to communicate can effect change, the value of communicating becomes evident. Using “more” and “all done” is perfect for kids who have not yet learned the vocabulary (words, signs, etc.) to request the items or activities that they want or don’t want.
The video includes both still pictures and video clips of how to make these two signs. The still pictures are from the point of view of the person being signed to and are licensed from SymbolStix, so they can be found in classrooms around the world and on the iPad app Proloquo2Go. The video clips are from the point of view of the person doing the signing and give a better depiction of the movement involved in making the signs. Color-coding emphasizes the meaning of the signs: green is “more” and things that you want, red is “all done” and things that you don’t want. Musically “more” is paired with the unresolved subdominant chord and steady stream of instruments, whereas “all done” is signified by resolution to the tonic chord and a long musical rest.
Sign language is used by people who are non-verbal, young children who have not yet developed the use of their voices, or those who are verbal, but may need another form of communication in times of anxiety or elation. Numerous studies have proven that using alternative forms of communication does not discourage the use of speech, and in fact often leads to increased speech attempts. So while this song specifically targets sign language skills, it is hoped that for some individuals it will also enable them to learn to vocalize “more” and “all done” as well as understand their communicative functions.
More, All Done (video) [mp4 video file]
More, All Done (instrumental) (video) [mp4 video file]
More, All Done [mp3 audio file]
More, All Done (instrumental) [mp3 audio file]
Lyrics & Chords [PDF]
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