Personal, Social and Health Education for Young People with Learning Disabilities
through music and song
Songs by musician and registered nurse
Edwin Humphreys
The songs you can hear on this website are designed to help a person with a learning disability learn about personal, social and health education and sexual health.
The songs are appropriate for a range of ages – each song has its age-relevance.
Click on a menu item to the left to hear samples of the songs. To buy the CD and activities book for educators, please click on the Songs for Your Body title at the head of this page.
This is a sample of the full song on the CD.
THE WASHING SONG has been written to help people with a more severe learning disability learn about the importance of personal hygiene. This song was originally written in Welsh with the title ‘Can Molchi’ Lan’, which translates as ‘Washing Clean Song’. You can hear the Welsh version on this website.
The long musical introduction (only played on the Welsh version, Can Molchi’ Lan in the samples on this page) allows time to listen-in properly and feel the rhythm before the singing begins. The words and phrases are short so that a person who might not be able to grasp a long or complicated sentence can understand the meaning more easily. Because of the word arrangement it is easy to use sign language with the song.
The tune is designed to be catchy enough for people to learn and enjoy it at the same time as listen.
See the articles about Edwin and his work with the Songs For Your Body project in Nursing Standard, July 1–9 2009 (Volume 23 No. 43 pages 22–23). And in Learning Disability Practice, July 2009 (Volume 12 No. 6 pages 23–25).
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