Frequently Asked Questions

At what age can my child most benefit from Sookie & Finn Products?

While Sookie & Finn films are appropriate for children between 9 months to 3 years as a guideline, no child’s development is the same as the other. Some children will be ready to enjoy Sookie & Finn as early as 9 months old while others may benefit from Sookie & Finn’s adventures later on

So what is different about Sookie & Finn?

Sookie & Finn films are developed as a result of extensive research and working with a paediatric speech and language pathologist.

The films have the following characteristics which promote expressive language production and vocabulary acquisition in children:

  • Simple dialogues
  • Narration
  • Repetition
  • Actively involving viewers, giving choices

Because Sookie & Finn films are based on the daily routines of typical children, it is very easy for little ones to relate and the vocabulary introduced is highly relevant to the daily life of your child.

At the end of each scene, there is a summary section where an adult repeats the target vocabulary against a background of fragments from the film for increased retention. In each episode there is also a familiar nursery song built into the story to maintain engagement.

Who is this DVD for?

  • For parents who look for quality educational entertainment for their kids
  • For babies who are babbling and are about to start saying their first words
  • For children who love nursery songs
  • For kids who can concentrate for at least 5 minutes on a subject
  • For speech therapist looking for a tool to supplement therapy both during therapy and outside of therapy time
  • For children who are receiving speech therapy for speech delays

How can my child get maximum benefits from the Sookie & Finn DVD?

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 free 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.
  • Have fun watching Sookie & Finn DVD with your child
  • Try to repeat the words and ask questions regarding the events happening in the DVD. Children love mimicking their parent (up to a certain age unfortunately)
  • Use the film as a source of verbal routines for play or in their daily routine (washing time, breakfast time, bath time, bed time, etc.)
  • Sing the songs from the film together when watching the DVD but also during your daily routine (e.g. “This is the way we..” song when brushing teeth, washing faces)
  • If your child has toys related to the film, encourage imaginative play when your child is not watching the film
  • When the film has finished, switch off the TV and talk about what happened in the story and what their favourite part was
  • As your child watches his Sookie & Finn DVD over and over again, try turning down the volume and getting him to add the characters' voices instead. Or he could fill in his own dialogue

Speech and Language Milestones by age group (abridged version form the DVD package)

 0-12 Months development

  • Recognizes name
  • Says 2-3 words besides "mama" and "dada"
  • Imitates familiar words
  • Understands simple instructions
  • Recognizes words as symbols for objects e.g. car - points to garage, cat - meows

1-2 years

  • Understands "no"
  • Uses 10 to 20 words, including names
  • Combines two words such as "daddy bye-bye"
  • Waves good-bye and plays pat-a-cake
  • Makes the "sounds" of familiar animals
  • Gives a toy when asked
  • Uses words such as "more" to make wants known
  • Points to his or her toes, eyes, and nose
  • Brings object from another room when asked

2-3 years

  • Identifies body parts
  • Carries on 'conversation' with self and dolls
  • Asks "what's that?" and "where's my?"
  • Uses 2-word negative phrases such as "no want".
  • Forms some plurals by adding "s"; e.g. “book, books”
  • Has a 450 word vocabulary
  • Gives first name, holds up fingers to tell age
  • Combines nouns and verbs "mommy go"
  • Understands simple time concepts: "last night", "tomorrow"
  • Refers to self as "me" rather than by name
  • Tries to get adult attention: "watch me"
  • Likes to hear same story repeated
  • May say "no" when means "yes"
  • Talks to other children as well as adults
  • Solves problems by talking instead of hitting or crying
  • Answers "where?" questions
  • Names common pictures and things
  • Uses short sentences like "me want more" or "me want cookie"
  • Matches 3-4 colours, knows big and little

3-4 years

  • Can tell a story
  • Has a sentence length of 4-5 words
  • Has a vocabulary of nearly 1000 words
  • Names at least one colour
  • Understands "yesterday," "summer", "lunchtime", "tonight", "little-big"
  • Begins to obey requests like "put the block under the chair"
  • Knows his or her last name, name of street on which he/she lives and several nursery rhymes

4-5 years

  • Has sentence length of 4-5 words
  • Uses past tense correctly
  • Has a vocabulary of nearly 1500 words
  • Points to colours red, blue, yellow and green
  • Identifies triangles, circles and squares
  • Understands "in the morning", "next", "noon time"
  • Can speak of imaginary conditions such as "I hope"
  • Asks many questions, asks "who?" And "why?"

Note: Adapted from Speech and Language Handouts, 2nd Ed. - Developmental Kit, by <. Brooks & D. Hartung, 2002, Austin, Tx: PRO-ED. Copyright 2002 by PRO-ED, Inc. Adapted with permission.