Signing with your Baby
Introducing your baby to Sign
Making the decision to use sign language with your child can be overwhelming. This class will help answer all of those questions that come up, along with give you the starting point in facilitating communication with your kiddo. In this hour long workshop you will learn:
- Where to start.
- How to get results.
- Why sign language is a great fit for encouraging communication at home.
- What signs to use in the beginning.
You will get first hand tips and tricks to encouraging communication with your child, examples on how to get the best results, and fun activities to practice your new skills. Examples and practical application demonstrations on using signs with your child will be given along with a safe environment to ask all the questions you may have. This class is geared towards families with kiddo ages 6 months to 3 years. Two caregivers per family can attend. Your child is welcome to join us, there will be child centered activities during the workshop. Please make sure to bring a favorite snack for your child to use for a demonstration, this is not the place to introduce broccoli for the first time (it can make things a bit more difficult).
Introducing your baby to Sign
May 15th 10:00 am
Level 2 is priced like yoga - use your membership or yoga package, or pay to drop in.
Signing With Your Baby - Vocabulary - as part of our Tots Morning
This is a series of workshops for those that have already mastered the skills taught in Signing With Your Baby Level 1. In this hour long session we will have themes designed to teach new vocabulary by facilitating activities and stories that fit the session's goals. Take in any order you wish.
Dates announced soon!
You will receive training on new vocabulary, and activities to practice your new skills, and recommendations on books that support the use of the vocabulary. Examples and practical application demonstrations on using signs with your child will be given along with a safe environment to ask all the questions you may have. This class is geared towards families with children 9 months to 3 years. Two caregivers per family can attend and we encourage you to bring your 9 month to 3 year old to participate in child friendly activities.
Why should I use sign language with my child?
Using sign language with your child encourages communication before they are able to talk because the fine motor skills to use a visual language develop before speech. Being able to communicate with your child as soon as possible can create a strong bond with caregivers. Your child can start using signs as early as 6 to 9 months.
Can using sign language cause a speech delay?
No. Your child will talk when they are ready to, just like any other milestone they reach. In fact, signing can reduce frustration and tantrums because children are able to communicate their wants and needs. It also encourages the development of fine motor skills.
What are the benefits of signing with my baby?
- Parents who sign tend to feel less stressed, have a deeper connection with their toddler, and respond easier to their children when they are upset.
- Studies have shown that kids that use signs at an early age have longer sentences and a larger vocabulary by the age of 2.
- It is shown to improve spelling and reading skills.
- Some studies say children who sign have a higher a IQ by 12 points.
- Children that use sign language can maintain attention and retain information better.
Elya is a mother of two and has a degree in Sign Language interpreting and has 10 plus years in working with adults and children with special needs. She enjoys spending time with her family and anything that involves creativity. Signing with her kids is a part of her every day routine and would love to share her experience with you.
This workshop is designed for hearing caregivers and hearing children. If your child has been diagnosed with a hearing loss the training needed to facilitate communication is one that needs to be made with the help of several specialized professionals. We are happy to give you some resources in our local community to help. This workshop is strictly vocabulary in ASL and no linguistics will be taught.