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The Bum Song (aka The Many Name Song)

Here is an example of how we use music to coax an unwilling learner to accept a concept. Evy has a difficult time accepting that things can have more than one name. Once he learns a label for something, that is what he wants everyone to call it. It is very upsetting to his sense of order or prediction for someone to call a jacket a coat, for example. So we took something silly with many names and turned it into a song.

The Bum Song

Click Here to listen to the Bum Song starring Isaac Burk

©2002 Autism Teaching Tools

Sung to the tune of Buffalo Gals

Verse One:
My Rear End has more than one name,
More than one name,
More than one name.
My rear end has more than one name.
It's my Butt, Heinie, Tushy, Cheekies, Bum.

Verse Two:
And the Sounds it makes have many names too,
Many names too,
Many names too,
And the Sounds it makes have many names too,
Like Fart, Gas, Fanny Burp and Toot. P.U.!

He instantly took a liking to the song, and later we were able to change the lyrics to apply the concept to other objects.

For example:

The Many Name Song

Click Here to listen to the Many Name Song starring Isaac Burk

©2002 Autism Teaching Tools

I see something with more than one name,
More than one name,
More than one name.
I see something with more than one name,
It's a _________ and a ____________.

We sang this song to redirect tantrums or diffuse tension by relating something difficult to something amusing (The Bum song), and give him a context for understanding what we were trying to teach him.