Archive for March, 2008

A Special “Clubhouse” for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Posted in Press Releases on March 24th, 2008

For Immediate Release

 

A Special Club (House) Just For You!

 

New DVD Series Helps Teach Interaction Skills to Children with Autism

 

Initial Title in the Release—

‘Kibbles Rockin’ Clubhouse Volume 1: Expressing Yourself’

Available on DVD April 1, 2008 for April’s National Autism Month

 


 

SAN DIEGO (March 24, 2008) — Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), often experience difficulty with common social skills like communication and interaction, but that’s not to say they can’t overcome the frustration, conquer the fear, adapt to new situations and take part in everyday activities that mark the joys of childhood.  Enter the invaluable developmental tool, Kibbles Rockin’ Clubhouse, the new DVD series available April 1, 2008 for National Autism Month.

 

Produced by NoteAbilities Inc., Kibbles Rockin’ Clubhouse is a series of DVDs that helps teach children with ASD social techniques and self-care through music, games and stories.  Featuring Kibbles, a loveable dog puppet, his friends Handy Sam and Angela, and a cast of engaging, adorable children, the series teaches basic life skills through true-to-life examples and situations, interactive exercises and original songs even the youngest viewers can sing along to.  Fostering a child’s independence and catering to their strengths, Kibbles Rockin’ Clubhouse is an excellent tool to help them develop into confident individuals.

 

Join the clubhouse gang in “Volume 1: Expressing Yourself” as they learn how to say hello and goodbye, reinforcing the importance of making eye contact and a physical connection (a wave, a handshake, a high-five); follow a set schedule and adapt to the various activities; make masks representing different emotions and learn how to recognize what others are feeling by reading body language and vocal tone; learn how to use your words to let people know how you feel or what you want; and learn how to accept that things that don’t always go your way so you never chance missing out on anything fun!

 

Along with instructional repetition and interactive exercises (Kibbles takes viewers into his secret world with games that help the lessons stick) and backed with positive reinforcement, encouraging support and fun music and songs, Kibbles Rockin’ Clubhouse is waiting to share its knowledge and good times with children of varying abilities.

 

Kibbles Rockin’ Clubhouse came about when parents Scott and Ann Leslie noticed their son, who is autistic, responded to such programs as Blue’s Clues, but they couldn’t find any other products in the children’s media market that specifically captured his interests in a fun and motivating way.  So they met with experts in speech therapy and music therapy, who were also active in the autism community, to create a company to produce products for children on the autism spectrum.

 

            Together, with project consultants Angela Neve, MT-BC, NMT (who stars as Angela in the program), and Julie Guy, M.M., MT-BC, NMT, co-founders of  The Music Therapy Center of California in San Diego; and Kara Dodds, M.S., CCC-SLP, a Speech-Language Pathologist, they formed NoteAbilities, Inc. to create and produce Kibbles Rockin’ Clubhouse.

 

Future titles planned for release by the company are “Volume 2: Self-Care,” “Volume 3: Being a Helper,” “Volume 4: Manners,” “Volume 5: Outings,” “Volume 6: Move Your Body” and “Volume 7: Friends.”

 

Each Kibbles Rockin’ Clubhouse DVD will be available for a suggested retail price of $24.95 and includes a free CD of the original music and sing-along songs, which can be sung Karaoke style.  Recommended for ages 2-7, the programs are approximately 42 minutes each.  Special features include a bonus Kibbles World segment; Kibbles Karaoke; a discussion about the “Therapeutic Benefits” of speech and music therapy; “Parent Teaching Tools,” a how-to guide; and “Parents’ Inspiration,” a message from creators Scott and Ann Leslie. 

 

For more information or to order Kibbles Rockin’ Clubhouse DVDs, call toll free 1-866-552-9032 or visit www.noteabilities.com.
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Press Information:         Andrea Blain
Andrea Blain Public Relations
9750 Crawford Ave.
Skokie, IL  60076
Phone:  847-933-9884
Fax: 847-673-5836
andrea@andreablainpr.com

New “Skill-Building Buddies” DVD Series for Children with Autism

Posted in Press Releases on March 24th, 2008

For Immediate Release

 

 

New ‘Skill-Building Buddies’ Developmental
DVD Series Helps Teach Successful Social Interaction Skills to Children on the Autism Spectrum

 

Series Launches with 

‘Skill-Building Buddies: Handling Transitions and Change’

and ‘Skill-Building Buddies: Sharing and Taking Turns’’

 


Available on DVD April 1, 2008 for National Autism Month

 

Received National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval

 


 

BRISTOL, CT (March 24, 2008)— Autism, while a complex and often confusing neruodevelopmental disorder that greatly affects a child’s ability to communicate and socialize, is not unmanageable or impossible to overcome.  In fact, parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have an incredible new tool, Skill-Building Buddies, to aid in their children’s behavioral development.  This new series will be available on DVD April 1, 2008 for April’s National Autism Month.

 

Skill-Building Buddies development programs, which received the 2007 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, are produced by multi-award-winning Mazzarella Media.  They are designed to meet the special needs of children with ASD, teaching them techniques and skills to help them handle the challenges they face everyday and function in relation to other kids, bringing about healthy social interactions. 

 

Guided by the charmingly animated hosts Mikey and Mandy and their dog Marvel, realistic, age-appropriate, live-action real scenarios create an audio-visual tool that enhances learning, provides motivation and reinforces positive behaviors.  The exercises take viewers through the process of working through situations they often find frightening or frustrating, instilling the mantra “Look, Listen and Remain Calm.”

 

The initial titles in the series are “Skill-Building Buddies: Handling Transitions and Change,” and “Skill Building Buddies: Sharing and Taking Turns.”

 

“Handling Transition and Change” tackles the skill of coping and accepting change in the child’s everyday life in five segments:  “Preparing for Change,” “Changing Activities,” “When Things Don’t Go Your Way,” “Handling Surprises” and “When You Don’t Know What To Do.”  Whether it’s changing clothes, choosing a different snack or adjusting to an altered scheduled activity, the program teaches the look-listen-remain calm process and delivers the supportive message (though a peppy little song) “When Things Change, You’ll Be Okay!”

 

 “Sharing and Taking Turns” presents children with effective strategies to aid with these concepts. Mikey, Mandy and Marvel introduce various age appropriate situations that could take place every day in school, at home and in peer groups.

 

Project consultants for the Skill-Building Buddies series, are Hilary Boorstein, Ph.D.,candidate in clinical psychology; Scott Roderick, MA, BCBA; Patt Hardison, M.Ed.; and Jaqui McCormick, MA, CCC-SLP.  Each DVD in the series is recommended for ages 5-12 and will be available for a suggested retail price of $19.95.   Visit www.mazz.com for more information or to order Skill-Building Buddies DVDs,

 

About Mazzarella Media
Mazzarella Media is an Emmy award-winning company that develops products to foster the fun and excitement of learning.  Their products are designed to get kids thinking about themselves and the world around them and to enhance intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth by stimulating the imagination, nurturing creativity and developing a love for learning.  The company has released a multitude of programs including the multi-awarding-winning children’s Monkeydoos fitness DVD series, Potty Power!, which teaches children potty training in an engaging musical format; and several titles in the Thinkeroo line of science programs including Spacetrekkers, Rock Finders and Bio Trackers.  Their educational division recently released Exploring Our Past: Native Peoples of North America, an engrossing five-part DVD series narrated by Grammy® award-winning singer-songwriter Joanne Shenandoah, which introduces young viewers to the many Native American tribes that have lived in the vastly diverse regions of the country.  For more information about Mazzarella Media and the company’s products, visit www.mazz.com.
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Press Information:                Andrea Blain
Andrea Blain Public Relations
9750 Crawford Ave.
Skokie, IL  60076
Phone:  847-933-9884
Fax: 847-673-5836
andrea@andreablainpr.com

Help Beat Obesity with Hip Hop Harry’s New DVD “Move Those Feet”

Posted in Press Releases on March 24th, 2008

For Immediate Release
< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /> He’s Hip! He’s Cool! And He Loves to Learn!
 Emmy Nominated® Hip Hop Harry Returns
To Beat Obesity with the Newest Title in the Award-Winning Series:
Hip Hop Harry ‘Move Those Feet’
 Now in Stores from Allumination FilmWorks
< ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />WOODLAND HILLS, CA (March 24, 2008) – The award-winning sensation Hip Hop Harry is back in action and hipper than ever! Allumination Filmworks releases the latest DVD in the Emmy®-nominated, Parents’ Choice Approved series with the new title ‘Hip Hop Harry: Move Those Feet’ now in stores. 

Each of the three episodes included in this DVD – “Fancy Footwork,” “You Can Dance!” and “I Like to Move” – encourages children to exercise and express themselves the fun way, through dance. Each episode is bursting with music, merriment and the hip-hop flavor that has made Hip Hop Harry a family phenomenon.
 Hip Hop Harry is the lovable, huggable, rapping teddy bear whose favorite theme is “I Love To Learn!” 100% multicultural, positive and always fun, Hip Hop Harry uses music, dance and rhyme to teach youngsters about language, social skills and problem solving while he gets them up on their feet and out of their seats to exercise both mind and body!
 Currently seen on Discover Kids and The Learning Channel (TLC), Hip Hop Harry earned its first Emmy® nomination last year as Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series. In addition, the live Hip Hop Harry shows continue to entertain parents and children throughout the nation – and continue to expand the Hip Hop Harry family.
 Hip Hop Harry has all the hallmarks of classic children’s programming: The show teaches learning and social skills, encourages creativity, and – thanks to Harry’s hipper moves – promotes exercise and physical fitness. It was always the intent of the creators to combine those important facets into one entertaining show.
 Harry’s fast moves were also born of the global popularity of Hip-Hop dance and music – a creative and engaging cultural form of expression, which appeals to children of all backgrounds and ages. Education is never more enjoyable (and easy) when it’s entertaining and fun, and that’s the prime component of the successful Hip Hop Harry formula.
 Three fun episodes in ‘Move Those Feet’ DVD are:

  •  Fancy Footwork – Sisters Savannah and Sophina learn the importance of positive competition – and drinking water to maintain a healthy body – when they find themselves on opposing teams in the Hip Hop Central dance contest. 

  • I Like To Move! – It’s “Fitness Fun Day” at Hip Hop Central and Hip Hop Harry has invited a fitness expert to teach the kids some fun new ways to exercise.  And Scott learns about rhyming words and composes a poem to perform for everyone.

  • You Can Dance! – Katie knows how to dance ballet but wants to learn Hip Hop.  Hip Hop Harry suggests she take some classes at Hip Hop Central.  Taking it step by step, Katie and all the kids learn some great new moves.

 

‘Move Those Feet’ joins ‘Fun with Friends,’ which launched the series on DVD last year.  Hip Hop Harry DVDs are recommended for ages 3 and up and are available at a suggested retail price of $14.98 each.  For more information or to order products, visit www.alluminationfilmworks.com.

 About Allumination FilmWorks
Launched in August 2002, Allumination FilmWorks, a wholly owned subsidiary of ContentFilm PLC, has rapidly established itself as a leading independent distributor of quality entertainment to broadcast, satellite and cable television, as well as both theatrical and home entertainment markets worldwide.  Allumination provides turnkey home video distribution services to content owners in the U.S. market including sales and marketing, manufacturing, fulfillment, credit and collection. The award-winning company boasts an impressive portfolio of nearly 625 quality theatrical films in all major categories, as well as over 4,000 hours of television programming, along with documentaries and reality programming, music and sports specials, lifestyle titles, a wide array of “how-to” product and kids/family feature releases. Visit Allumination FilmWorks at www.alluminationfilmworks.com.
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Press Contact:
Andrea Blain
Andrea Blain Public Relations
9750 Crawford Ave.
Skokie, IL 60076
847.933.9884 phone
847-673-5836 fax
andrea@andreablainpr.com

Help Beat Obesity with Hip Hop Harry’s New DVD “Move Those Feet”

Posted in Press Releases on March 24th, 2008

For Immediate Release

 

He’s Hip! He’s Cool! And He Loves to Learn!
 Emmy Nominated® Hip Hop Harry Returns
To Beat Obesity with the Newest Title in the Award-Winning Series:
Hip Hop Harry ‘Move Those Feet’

 

Now in Stores from Allumination FilmWorks
WOODLAND HILLS, CA (March 24, 2008) – The award-winning sensation Hip Hop Harry is back in action and hipper than ever! Allumination Filmworks releases the latest DVD in the Emmy®-nominated, Parents’ Choice Approved series with the new title ‘Hip Hop Harry: Move Those Feet’ now in stores. 

Each of the three episodes included in this DVD – “Fancy Footwork,” “You Can Dance!” and “I Like to Move” – encourages children to exercise and express themselves the fun way, through dance. Each episode is bursting with music, merriment and the hip-hop flavor that has made Hip Hop Harry a family phenomenon.

 

Hip Hop Harry is the lovable, huggable, rapping teddy bear whose favorite theme is “I Love To Learn!” 100% multicultural, positive and always fun, Hip Hop Harry uses music, dance and rhyme to teach youngsters about language, social skills and problem solving while he gets them up on their feet and out of their seats to exercise both mind and body!

 

Currently seen on Discover Kids and The Learning Channel (TLC), Hip Hop Harry earned its first Emmy® nomination last year as Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series. In addition, the live Hip Hop Harry shows continue to entertain parents and children throughout the nation – and continue to expand the Hip Hop Harry family.

 

Hip Hop Harry has all the hallmarks of classic children’s programming: The show teaches learning and social skills, encourages creativity, and – thanks to Harry’s hipper moves – promotes exercise and physical fitness. It was always the intent of the creators to combine those important facets into one entertaining show.

 

Harry’s fast moves were also born of the global popularity of Hip-Hop dance and music – a creative and engaging cultural form of expression, which appeals to children of all backgrounds and ages. Education is never more enjoyable (and easy) when it’s entertaining and fun, and that’s the prime component of the successful Hip Hop Harry formula.

 

Three fun episodes in ‘Move Those Feet’ DVD are:

  •  Fancy Footwork – Sisters Savannah and Sophina learn the importance of positive competition – and drinking water to maintain a healthy body – when they find themselves on opposing teams in the Hip Hop Central dance contest. 
  • I Like To Move! – It’s “Fitness Fun Day” at Hip Hop Central and Hip Hop Harry has invited a fitness expert to teach the kids some fun new ways to exercise.  And Scott learns about rhyming words and composes a poem to perform for everyone.
  • You Can Dance! – Katie knows how to dance ballet but wants to learn Hip Hop.  Hip Hop Harry suggests she take some classes at Hip Hop Central.  Taking it step by step, Katie and all the kids learn some great new moves.

 

‘Move Those Feet’ joins ‘Fun with Friends,’ which launched the series on DVD last year.  Hip Hop Harry DVDs are recommended for ages 3 and up and are available at a suggested retail price of $14.98 each.  For more information or to order products, visit www.alluminationfilmworks.com.

 

About Allumination FilmWorks
Launched in August 2002, Allumination FilmWorks, a wholly owned subsidiary of ContentFilm PLC, has rapidly established itself as a leading independent distributor of quality entertainment to broadcast, satellite and cable television, as well as both theatrical and home entertainment markets worldwide.  Allumination provides turnkey home video distribution services to content owners in the U.S. market including sales and marketing, manufacturing, fulfillment, credit and collection. The award-winning company boasts an impressive portfolio of nearly 625 quality theatrical films in all major categories, as well as over 4,000 hours of television programming, along with documentaries and reality programming, music and sports specials, lifestyle titles, a wide array of “how-to” product and kids/family feature releases. Visit Allumination FilmWorks at www.alluminationfilmworks.com.

 

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Press Contact:
Andrea Blain
Andrea Blain Public Relations

9750 Crawford Ave.

Skokie, IL 60076
847.933.9884 phone
847-673-5836 fax
andrea@andreablainpr.com