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Something SpecialSomething Special

Average user rating 4 out of 5

Justin Fletcher as Mr Tumble

The format of Something Special is simple, fun and informative and each programme focuses on aspects of the children's world about them.

The early series features Justin and Mr Tumble in a white studio. The later programmes sees Justin and Mr Tumble out and about applying signing in a variety of places that have relevance to the young audience. Topics covered include pets, toys, weather, clothes, shops, food, all about me, where I live and colours.

Makaton

The language used throughout each programme is supported by Makaton signs and symbols and is designed to be understood by children in the early stages of language development. Children using some Makaton signs or symbols will find these really useful and will be able to learn new signs too.

Justin using Makaton signs and symbolsJustin using Makaton signs and symbols

Parents and carers should not worry about children learning Makaton signs. The signs are based on gestures we all use and help children who find communication difficult, understand and make themselves understood. Signs are always used together with speech and children are encouraged to use speech sounds or words when they sign to their teachers, parents or friends. When children become more confident speakers they simply stop using signs, as they no longer need them.

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