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Bounce: Let's Talk!
Bounce Let's Talk
Actor: Elizabeth Balzano
Genres: Kids & Family, Special Interests, Educational
NR     2007     0hr 29min

Music therapist Elizabeth Balzano and her bouncy friend Balloo lead a classroom of early developers through original songs and fun activities specially designed by veteran family entertainment producers under the guidance ...  more »


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Actor: Elizabeth Balzano
Genres: Kids & Family, Special Interests, Educational
Sub-Genres: Kids & Family, Special Interests, Educational
Studio: Spectrum Connections
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 08/14/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 0hr 29min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Helped my toddler talk!
Nini's Mummy | Arkansas, USA | 01/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My 20 month daughter is hooked on this DVD. I got it in desperation to see if it would help her talk. She watches it everyday at least twice and now asks for "bounce". The songs are catchy and even my 4 year old will sit down and watch. Has definitely helped my daughter's speech delay. Even though it was developed for kids with autism it is great for all kids who need some extra help to talk."
Wonderful series for ASD kids!
MomOf3YoungMen&aLittleLady | Kansas City Area | 08/31/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"All my kids are "on the spectrum"--the older two (now 18 & 11) are extremely verbal Asperger's kids, but the younger two (preschoolers) were diagnosed in June as "severely autistic," with extremely limited expressive language ability. They literally never asked for anything they needed; they would wait patiently for their needs to be magically met, or they would cry or scream until someone guessed what the problem was, or they would "hand lead"--they would try to physically make the adult do what they wanted but wouldn't sign or say something simple like "more," or "open, please."

Of course, we started a variety of approaches once the kids were diagnosed, and we have to give credit to most, if not all of them, for the progress we have seen in just a couple of months. However, these "Bounce!" videos really caused something to "click" with my kids and were exremely helpful in a few key areas.

First, Elizabeth has a "see ya later alligator" toy that signals when it's time to go, and she sings a goodbye song with it (and she has a "hello" song to the same melody.) My daughter (now approx 33 months) uses the song ("Hello, hello, hello!") to greet people now, and we use the alligator to get my son (who just turned 4) to part with his beloved Thomas trains when it's time for him to go to his preschool on the bus. (We place a toy bus and a toy alligator on the table near the front door; the trains wait there too til he gets home.) We received these videos just before his preschool started this year, and he had never been before; I know they made what would have been a major transition for him a LOT easier.

Second, Elizabeth has a song about asking for what you want: "I want a hug," "I want an apple," etc. My son started singing the song to himself after he had learned it (that's the majority of his speech--he doesn't talk so much as he quotes things he's heard.) So when we'd hear him say something like "I want a hug," or "I want some juice," we'd reward it with the hug, juice, etc. This delighted him so much that he started to actually use the phrases appropriately when he did want something, and he has generalized that to other things--so now he'll say, "open, please," or "more, please," which has been a really big breakthrough (and a huge improvement over screaming!)

Finally, they love to watch the other kids on the videos; my son knows all their names and will talk to them: "Alright, Tucker!" I think it's been good for the kids to see how the children in the videos behave for the teacher--looking up at her when she is talking, looking at what she is pointing at, etc. This seems to have improved their eye contact, attention, and general classroom behavior (sitting in circle time, etc.) I would highly recommend these to other ASD parents--and "regular" kids would probaby enjoy them, too!
Great for all little ones!
Mary Liz | Pittsburgh, PA | 04/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"We were introduced to this series on PBS Sprout. My 14 month old son loves Let's Go, and now, Let's Talk. He is just starting to talk, and he loves music, so this is his favorite video. He is answering Elizabeth right now as I type. I got this one to encourage speech, and already after just one viewing, he is communicating with Miss Elizabeth. I think that this series is actually very sophisticated, although it seems simplistic. The songs are a very easy way to teach things all kids need to learn. I have no doubt it is a wonderful tool for speech delay or autism. I think it is an amazing tool for all children to learn to communicate their needs and feelings. A big thanks to everyone involved in bringing us Bounce! PS: I like the shows that look like a natural classroom over the all white, more sterile background."
Wonderful Entertainment & Education for Children
Kara I. D. | San Francisco, CA | 01/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Elizabeth Balzano is an educated, amazing music therapist! Her program is excellent. My son LOVES Ballou and has a wonderful time interacting with the Spectrum Connection/Bounce Series. Children learn excellent communication and safety skills! Whether your child struggles with developmental delays or has a typically developing brain - they will BENEFIT from this series. Parents - YOU will benefit from the wonderful "Tips: Advice" special features. Bravo!! Brava! to the whole team - including Brandissmo!! & Sprout! This is a MUST HAVE item - the WHOLE series!"