There are varous claims from Dr.Tizer who invented this program, you can check them here. I clearly remember the day, it the first time after receiving Navya's diagnosis I met my Gynaecologist, she was feeling very sorry for me. She was willing to prescribe some anti depressant tablets for me. But that was not all I wanted from her. I asked how would be my baby. She said 'your baby would be mentally retarded. Meaning she can walk and play but she will never be able to read or write'. I felt terrible that day.
Thankfully, in few days I met a wonderful lady Mrs. Noni Khullar'. She runs a wonderful school 'Akshar'- the first fully integrated school in Kolkata. Her first child 'Dhruv' has 'Down's Syndrome'. I remember Noni Maa'm telling me to introduce Flash cards to Navya at the age of 15 months. And at that time she also told me teach her the words in whole as in teach 'cat' as 'cat' and dont separate out the letter as C A T.. CAT..
So as soon as I saw the ad of this product, I knew this would be useful. The other thing which she has mentioned that Stimulation. Stimulate as much as possible, the neurons in brains should burn (if thats the correct word). Take her wherever you go, shopping, restaurants, malls everywhere. Dont loose a single opportunity to show her something new. So that more and more numebr of neurons burn/light up and connect. I believed it in as Mrs. Noni has raised Dhruv so well, at the age of 16 he can speak fluent english, plays golf better than his father, a computer savvy and many more things.
To summarize I Introduced this program to Navya
1) For Stimulation 2) To introduce New words 3) For my child to read - any reading is good as long as it benefits my child. I know there are somem oppositons to this approach. but as we have been told that there could be problem in reading area then why not introduce this.And eventually the child will learn the phonic reading. Dr. Tizer has mentioned that on this website 4) And these days Navys demands to watch TV wherever possible - so we introduces these DVD. This keeps her busy and I can take care of my cores SOMETIMES :) Our Experience It's been a little over a month we have introduced 'Your Baby Can Read' (Starter Level )Flashcards/Picture cards to Navya. within a weeks time she started recognizing 'hi' word. We continued showing her falsh cards. Now she can recongnize and sign for all most all words from Starter Level. Now we have introduced Level 1 Flashcards/Picture Cards to her.
She can recongnize and sign below words (actually I could remember only these words) hi nose toes clap arms up elephant mouth wave tiger* eyes Gorilla*
* I am not sure if she understands it. As I don't know how to sigh this. Navya knows sign of 'Monkey' but this DVD sets has all 3 words Monkey, Chimpanzee and Gorilla.. :( Will try to post a video. Btw we purchased a Sony Handycam on the eve of 'Akshay Tritiya' (It is supposed to be an auspicious day for purchasing valuable items/gold)