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Baby Signing Lincoln

Signing has really been welcomed into the mainstream in recent years and you’ll find it being used with not only the deaf community but also those with Downs Syndrome, Autism, developmental delays, hearing impairment andbehavioural problems. The majority of children facing such difficulties are no longer exclusively sent to special schools and so it is more important than ever that children also attending mainstream school learn how to effectively include and communicate with their peers.

Did you know that sign language has also been proven to be an effective form of communication for babies too? If you consider the frustrations felt by babies then you’ll understand the benefits signing can provide for both the parent and child.  Many children naturally use gestures and pointing but signing allows them to be specific about their needs. It takes the guesswork out and dramatically reduces frustration resulting in less stress for everybody concerned!

They can begin learning right from birth but won’t have the dexterity to begin to sign until around four to six months. First signs are usually things that are most important to them such as ‘milk’. This can then develop onto more complex signing as they grow such as signing ‘teeth’, ‘hurt’ and ‘medicine’ for when they have teething pain. The key to success is to reinforce the signs whenever possible and ensure the sign is used alongside the spoken word. Thesigns are not used on their own because the point of signing with babies is not to replace the spoken language but to enhance it. Many question the potential impact signing could have on the development of speech. You may be surprised to learn that signing not only encourages early speech but also results in a wider vocabulary.

Some wonder if the classes will be taught in the style of a typical lesson as essentially, they are gaining an education and skill. Sessions have been designed to be delivered in the most age appropriate way so songs, puppets, musical instruments and bubbles are used to enrich the learning process and create an atmosphere of fun. Children of all ages love doing actions along to songs but Baby Signing takes it a step further and teaches them something that will be of great use to them now and in the future.

 

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 T: 01522 398380
M: 07432737469
E: kirsty@babysigning.org.uk

W: http://www.babysigning.org.uk

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