Songs for Sensational Kids, Vol. 2: I’m Ok, Olé!

Songs for Sensational  Kids, Vol. 2: I’m Ok, Olé!

This CD of songs for kids is grandchildren, grandmother, retired teacher approved. Yes, Songs for Sensational Kids, Vol. 2: I’m Ok, Olé!  has our stamp of approval. Singer, songwriter Coles Whalen and Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, clinical director of the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, teamed up to make this adorable audio CD for kids. Eleven exciting, catchy, original songs ranging in genre from swing to tango to reggae and beyond will get children of all ages and abilities eager to move and sing with the music. The children under your care will soon be singing along and learning important life skills at the same time – self confidence, sharing and self control.

Children with sensory processing disorder who are reluctant to try new foods might change their minds after hearing the song, The Great Food Explorer.  The simple-to-learn but very meaningful lyrics of every song were written with great care. Each word and each phrase has been carefully chosen to be fun to sing, a pleasure to hear, and a lesson to be learned.

Parents, child care providers, educators of young children, and all who work with children will be able to use these songs and use them often. The memorable melodies stay in your head…almost addictive!  Each song has an important message to motivate a child to do things better.  Coles Whalen’s words, like those of a comforting mother, are easily understood and the message will lift the listener’s spirits and make him a happier child for a little while at least. The following are the song titles with their message:

The Great Food Explorer PosterSongs for Sensational  Kids, Vol. 2: I’m Ok, Olé!

  •  Great Food Explorer – Choose something new to eat every day.
  •  I’m Ok, Olé! — Mean words hurt but I can learn to walk away.
  • Words – Words are tools to help one another.
  •   Sherman –Get more done doing one thing at a time.
  •  Mr. Tantrum—No tantrum today, I won’t crash, kick or cry.
  •  Concentrator Alligator—Pay attention and focus.
  • Taking Turns—Everyone will do their part.
  •  The List—Practice remembering this amusing way.
  •  I Can Get Dressed—Simple trick for getting dressed alone.
  •   I Can Learn from My Mistakes—We all mess up sometimes, oops I’m sorry.
  •  Game of Life—We are all different but we are more or less the same.

The second song, I’m Ok, Olé!, is my favorite. When I was teaching, I would have used this song often in my grade three class. This song is perfect to open the door to discussions about using hurtful words and actions. The lyrics are addressed to both the bullies and the victims of bullying. The bully learns how hurtful his mean actions and words are and the victim learns a few coping strategies.  To show you an example of the thoughtful lyrics and the empowering messages on this CD here are the words to the second song:

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I’m Ok, Olé!

Mean words make us nervous.

Sometimes they hurt us.

REAL BAD

Mean words make us shy.

Sometimes make us cry.

AND FEEL SAD

Refrain:

I can’t stop you from being mean.

But I can go where you’re not seen.

I can turn and walk away.

And soon I know I feel  Ok, Olé!

Mean tricks make us embarrassed.

Sometimes they scare us.

WE HIDE!

Mean names make us mad.

And we feel so bad.

INSIDE!

I’m Ok, Olé. I’m Ok, Olé!

I feel good like I should.

I’m Ok, Olé. I’m Ok, Olé!

Please note that by purchasing this CD of songs for kids you are providing funds to children with Sensory Processing Disorder. Proceeds benefit The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation and THE STAR CENTER (Greenwood Village, CO).  Learn more at www.spdnow.org

Perhaps because the CD is for a fundraiser, there is no accompanying activity book or even the words to the songs. As a teacher, I would miss having this; however, in the future this could be added on one of their websites with the permission to download it. Clem media does sell posters of some of the characters found on the CD. The colorful posters are  made by artist Kim O’Hara. See the framed posters of The Great Food Explorer and Mr. Tantrum above and buy  here.

Songs for Sensational Kids Vol. 1 "The Wiggly Scarecrow" Songs for Sensational Kids Vol. 1 “The Wiggly Scarecrow” was released April 21, 2005. It was also made by singer, songwriter Coles Whalen and Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. This music CD of upbeat, fun songs for children includes a PDF Manual, “How to Use These Songs to Move, Think, Relate and Rest” by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD.

Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A. , author of The Out of Sync Child wrote this about their first CD: “Kids will wiggle, jiggle and giggle with delight. While they have fun moving to the music, their sensory processing will surely improve by leaps and bounds!”

So if the research about music is correct and they have proven that music is good for the body and soul, Sensational Kids, Vol. 2: I’m Ok, Olé! by Coles Whalen and Dr. Lucy Jane Miller are the songs to do just that!

 

About Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR taken from the SPD Foundation web site: As founder of the first comprehensive Sensory Processing Disorder research program nationwide and author of groundbreaking Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder and No Longer A SECRET: Unique Common Sense Strategies for Children with Sensory or Motor Challenges, Dr. Lucy Jane Miller’s name is synonymous with sensory research, education, and treatment.Dr. Lucy Jane Miller second CD of songs for kids

Dr. Miller has been investigating, analyzing, and explaining SPD to other scientists, professionals, and parents since she studied under sensory integration pioneer A. Jean Ayres, Ph.D., more than thirty years ago. Since then, studies by Dr. Miller and her colleagues have helped bring SPD widespread recognition, and her work with families has improved countless lives. Her application has led to consideration of SPD for inclusion in the 2013 revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V). Dr. Miller has also developed seven nationally standardized tests for use worldwide to assess and diagnose SPD and other developmental disorders and delays. Dr. Miller’s widespread recognition and enormous credibility within the professional community are part of the reason that advanced clinicians travel from all over the United States and other countries to be mentored by Dr. Miller and her team at the SPD Foundation (formerly KID Foundation) she founded three decades ago. She has received more than thirty funded awards and grants to further research on SPD and other childhood disabilities… more on the web site.

Singer, songwriter Coles Whalen's second CD of songs for kids About Singer and Songwriter Coles Whalen from her web site:   Ten years ago, after finishing a degree in music and business, Coles Whalen decided to sell everything she had in order to buy a camper. This camper became her home as she toured the nation selling her first record Coles Whalen EP (2005) soon followed by Gee Baby (2006) – her first full length album. Whalen found a way into Borders bookstores and spent almost four years playing multiple shows a day in Borders across the US, building a following and selling over 10,000 CDs right out of her truck…read more on her web site.

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This post was written by Lorna
Lorna d’Entremont: Co-owner of SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. the company behind KidCompanions Chewelry (2007) and SentioCHEWS (2013), mother of three, grandma of 5 and wife. She is a retired teacher and special needs advocate. Throughout she has taught all levels from grade 2 to grade 9. Lorna loved teaching and enjoyed seeing the students progress in the school system. During her 30 year career she took a few years off to raise her three children.
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