APA produces fun and engaging animation films for toddlers to encourage speech and language development.

Sookie & Finn films have been developed based on the latest available research in children's language development as well as utilising extensive consultancy from paediatric speech and language pathologist Analou Louw. The Sookie & Finn: Our Day DVD has been awarded the PAL award for Best DVD to Build Language.

Sookie & Finn materials have been created for young children to help them acquire and use basic vocabulary and sentence structures. The techniques used in the films are also appropriate for children with speech delays requiring speech therapy.

Sookie & Finn films follow the two main characters, Sookie and Finn, throughout their day as they go about their daily routines. The Our Day DVD introduces 80 of the most important words typically relevant in a child's life.

Our unique methodology encompasses many scientific techniques known to effectively teach vocabulary to children such as labelling, repetition, adult narration and nursery songs. Familiar daily routines of children wrapped in a fun setting ensure your child remains engaged, actively participating in Sookie & Finn’s story and hence maximize vocabulary retention and usage. 

Sookie & Finn system is not a conventional children’s DVD which you put your child in front of and leave. To get the maximum benefits, parents should watch the DVD with their child. The idea is to help parents structure their interaction with their child to encourage their child’s speech and language development. A parent’s guide is included in the DVD package which educates parents about how to interact with their child and how to use the material in the films when their child is not watching the DVD.

Vocabulary Building and Language Development in Toddlers

Television viewing by young children is a controversial subject. Recent research indicates that content of the programs viewed is of utmost importance in the development of your baby. While programs designed to inform child audiences tend to improve children's skills, programs designed for general or adult audiences tend to have the opposite effect (“The relations of early television viewing to school readiness”, Child Development, September/October 2001, John C Wright, Aletha C. Huston et al.)

Environmental stimulation is the most important aspect for young children's vocabulary and communication skills. Televised programming is able to teach new words to young children if the programming uses strategies known to evoke language learning in live interaction situations (“Can television be used to teach vocabulary to toddlers?”, April 2003, Grela,B., Lin, Y.J., Kremar M.)

Obtaining the child's attention and labelling particular objects help toddlers learn the most words from televised programs. Narrative programs with ample opportunity to hear vocabulary words and their definitions and the interactions of the objects with the characters in the film help children's language development.

What is important to note is the role of parents and adults in the child's learning environment. Presence of adult coviewers increases the child's learning experience. It is very important that television viewing doesn't displace parent-child interaction but is used as a tool to enrich the total experience.  Sookie & Finn films have been developed taking all these aspects into account.

Nursery Rhymes

Nursery rhymes are a great way to interact with your young baby and have fun together. The following nursery songs are included in Sookie & Finn: Our Day DVD:

1.     This is the way we ...

2.     I’m a little teapot

3.     Rain, rain go away

4.     Three little ducks went swimming one day

5.     Row, row, row your boat

6.     Twinkle twinkle little star

 Click here to watch some of our nursery songs
 
Watch this space for new Sookie & Finn films and toys (all in the works!) to create an immersive experience which will engage your children both while they are watching and otherwise.