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ERIC Number: EJ837216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Communication, Hip Hop Style
Apel, Laura
Exceptional Parent, v39 n3 p52-53 Mar 2009
When Candi Carter, a producer at "The Oprah Winfrey Show", learned that her son, Emerson, was born with chromosome 8p, which causes heart defects, mental retardation, severe speech delay, and other issues, she was immediately thrust into the world of special needs parenting. Like many in her position, she learned quickly that her child's success was dependent on her ability to work through his challenges and discover unique ways to help him in his development. The most innovative of Carter's techniques came from her struggles regarding her son's communication. One day, as Emerson was screaming due to his inability to communicate with his parents, Carter decided to sing, tap out beats, and beat box songs that she knew he loved. When she did that, he stopped screaming. The beats and the music redirected his attention, and he was suddenly doing what his parents wanted him to do. Carter started making up songs to help him transition throughout the day, and they worked. After testing the songs out on Emerson's typically developing cousins in Atlanta, she knew she was on to something, that hip hop music married with instructions or educational content worked. From there, Carter created "It's Hip Hop, Baby!", an educational DVD series for toddlers ages two to six. This article presents an interview with Carter wherein she talks about her DVD series and the many ways in which it is helping parents who have children with special needs communicate with their kids.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia