Directions 1. Face a partner and sing the first two body part names of “Head Shoulders 1, 2, 3,” while touching your own head and shoulders with both hands. On “1,”extend your right hand diagonally in front of you to clap your partner’s right hand. Repeat on “2” with your left hand to your partner’s left hand and on “3” simultaneously clap both your partner’s hands. 2. Sing and demonstrate the 2nd verse “Shoulders Knees” and repeat steps as above. 3. Proceed to the third and optional verse, or ask children to name other body parts for inclusion in the song.
Head Shoulder 1, 2, 3 Ruthlee Figlure Adler, MT-BC Private Practice Bethesda, Maryland
Description The purpose of Head Shoulders 1, 2, 3 is to address many developmental areas while engaging children in repetitive song lyrics and body movements. Goals to identify body parts and improve body awareness to increase social interaction to encourage communication (verbal and nonverbal) to increase attention and memory Behavior Observation The child will: touch the correct body part following song lyrics observe and imitate another’s actions participate in singing and interacting with a partner follow directions in response to auditory/visual/ kinesthetic cues Materials Repetitive song chant (i.e., “Head Shoulders 1, 2, 3”)
imagine 5(1), 2014
Adaptations If crossing the midline for partner opposite hand claps on “1” and “2” is too diﬃcult for a child, mirror clapping the child’s left hand with your right hand, etc. When children have mastered the lyrics and movements with you, they may repeat the experience with a peer/partner.
Head Shoulders 1,2,3 Head Shoulders 1,2,3 (repeat) Shoulders Knees 1,2,3 (repeat) Knees Toes 1,2,3 (repeat) Optional verses: Repeat above sets in reverse order (e.g., Toes, Knees 1,2,3. Then, continuing to original verse and end with “That’s All, 1,2,3” (repeat).
About the Authors With over 50 years of passionate commitment to music therapy, Ruthlee Adler, MT-BC now maintains a part-time private music therapy practice/consultancy for variouse ages and populations in Bethesda, Maryland. Contact: email@example.com
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