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Archive for 2011

The Difference in Language Acquisition for Signing and Non-Signing Children

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

I recently read an article which highlighted in a table the differences between a signing baby and their non-signing counterpart in language acquisition.  This table appeared on an American blog called Baby Sign Shine and I thought it would be great to share it with all you Aussie parents and create an Australian version of the table below.  If you could spare 30 seconds, I would really appreciate your input to understand the key milestones Australian parents are experiencing in relation to language acquisition with their signing baby.   (more…)

Using Sign Language with Preschoolers

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Many parents wonder what will happen to their children’s signs as they get older and if there is any benefit in continuing to use sign language with them.  Will they continue to use their signs once they develop speech?  If so, what is the benefit of using sign language with verbal Pre-schoolers?

Baby sign language is not only beneficial for pre-verbal children but it has also proven to be beneficial for verbal Pre-schoolers.  It is never too late to introduce to sign language to your child and to begin experiencing the benefits.

So what are these benefits? (more…)

The Baby Expert Panel

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

It’s all go some days.

Yesterday was an early morning flight to Melbourne to appear on The Circle and today we’re getting ready for this weekend Sydney Baby and Toddler show.

If you missed The Circle yesterday you can check it out below and I hope that I’ll get to meet you in person at the weekend at the Baby and Toddler Show :)


 

See Baby Hands on The Circle Tomorrow on Channel 10!

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Just to let you all know that tomorrow morning on Channel 10, Baby Hands will be on the tv show The Circle.

I will be featured on a Parenting Panel with Jo Ryan and Gerald Quigley.

The segment will be at 11:05am tomorrow morning (Tuesday 27th September).  During the segment we will each get to discuss our top tips on our topic of expertise and also answer some audience questions.

Tune in tomorrow if you are home!

 

Clarifying Motivational Signs

Monday, September 26th, 2011

What’s the definition of motivational signs? Parents approach this definition differently and the result is different parents introduce different motivational signs.

The key difference is that by introducing motivational signs correctly some babies will be signing back a lot sooner than others.

So I thought I would try and highlight a couple of the most common motivational signs I have seen and how they have resulted in a signing success story. (more…)

Free Tickets For the Sydney Baby & Toddler Show!

Thursday, September 15th, 2011


Calling all Sydney Parents and Soon-To-Be Parents!

The countdown is on to the Sydney Baby & Toddler Show which is being held from 30th September to 2nd October at the Sydney Exhibition Centre Darling Harbour.

Come and visit myself and the Baby Hands team at stand # D76.  We will have lots of information on our products and classes and will be having a special show discount on our Parents Baby Signing Pack!

I will also be presenting each day on the Bio Oil stage at 3:00pm where I will be answering all your baby sign language questions.

The Baby & Toddler Show will be a fantastic day out with amazing toddler entertainment, loads of “show only” offers and quality advice from leading experts. Get your friends, family and mothers groups together and lock the date in your diary!

To encourage you to come and see us at the show, we are giving away a FREE TICKET valued at $20.00 with the next 50 NSW orders from our online store from today.

Alternatively purchase your early bird ticket for the event and receive 25% off the door price, VIP entry to the Show from 9am, plus a bonus entry to win the brand new Volvo V60! Buy NOW!

We hope to see you in person at the Sydney Baby & Toddler Show :)

Baby Sign Language & Travel

Monday, August 29th, 2011

How many of you have previously travelled with a baby, toddler or young child? How many of you have travelled with more than one child? With school holidays fast approaching, many families have already booked their holidays. Whether it’s a long or short journey, kids need to be entertained. Have you ever thought about using baby sign language to entertain your kids while travelling?

Over the past 6 months I have travelled both domestically and internationally and witnessed parents using different tactics to entertain their children while travelling. Some used portable dvd players, some had toys, some had books and some had timed the travel so it coincided with sleep time but no one seemed to be using baby sign language. So I thought I would use this opportunity to highlight how you can use baby sign language for a less stressful journey.

So why would you use baby sign language over any of the above methods mentioned? Baby sign language is a fun, educational interaction which when used while travelling can expose you to the many benefits of baby sign language.

One benefit which is great if you are travelling on public transport such as buses, planes and trains is how quiet but fun it can be. On all modes of transport you will have an assigned seat where you need to stay until you have reached your destination. The problem is getting a toddler or young child to sit still can be quite a task. So here are some ideas for making travel a more peaceful, stressful, fun experience for you and your child.

Use Your Surroundings:

When travelling, you can use both the surroundings inside as well as outside to have fun with using baby sign language. Using the signs, “where”, “yes” and “no”, you can sign “where” and add a sign after it for whatever it is you want your child to point to. For example Mum signs “Where’s teddy?”.

You would then encourage your child to point to the teddy and sign teddy and you could sign back “yes teddy” or “no” if they point at the wrong thing. When they get it right, you can use the signed round of applause sign which is having both hands bent at the elbow, hands at shoulder height, palms facing out and rotate your hands from side to side by moving your wrists. This is a great way to do a round of applause silently.

Your surroundings could include some of the following: “bird”, “blanket”, “book”, “drink”, “house”, “milk”, “music”, “rain”, “sun”, “water”, “toilet”, “brother”, “mum”, “dad”, “sister”, “aunt”, “uncle”, “car”, “dog” etc. These are just a sample of word from the Baby Hands book & dvd to get you started.

You can also build on this vocabulary to include signs such as “up, down, clouds, plane” if you are travelling on a plane. If travelling on a train or bus, you can include signs such as “tree”, “animal”, “fast”, “slow”, “stop”.

Use Books:

As well as reading with your baby to try and entertain them on your journey, playing baby sign language games is a great way to keep them entertained. Using the illustrations, you can play the “where is” game mentioned above.

The ABC signs can be really fun for kids of all ages. Using your alphabet book from home, sign a letter and then have your child find the letter in the book. Use the “applause” sign to celebrate with your child when they are correct. This is a great game to play with siblings as both older and younger kids love to sign and it will also help encourage sibling signing.

This game could go on for quite some time if you are to go through all letters of the alphabet. If your child is a little older, they can sign to you and you can find the letter.

Once you are finished with the alphabet, there are always numbers to play with. Use a book and ask “how many” of a particular item they see. You can count for them or with them and sign along as you say the numbers. You will be amazed at how fast they will pick it up.

Finally, you cannot forget your animals and colours. For colours, sign “where” and ask your child where a certain colour is on your shirt, his shirt or in the book. You could also point to colours around the airplane and encourage your child to sign the colour.

For animals, many books consist of stories about animals. Again, sign “where” and have the child find the page on which that animal can be found. All kids love animals and animal signs. Once you have found all the animals in a book, you could then try singing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” and add the animals in the book. Its great fun and your kids will love it!

Another option is to read with your baby while signing which is a really is a great way to help your child learn the signs and feel engaged in the story.

So next time you go travelling, why not try some of the baby sign language travel games mentioned above and let me know what success you had.

Happy Travel Signing!

Free Tickets for The Brisbane Baby & Toddler Show!

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Brisbane Baby & Toddler Show

Calling all Brisbane Parents and Soon-To-Be Parents!

The countdown is on to the very first Brisbane Baby & Toddler Show which is being held from 2nd – 4th September at the Brisbane Exhibition Centre Southbank.

Come and visit myself and the Baby Hands team at stand # E35.

I will also be presenting each day on the Bio Oil stage at 3:00pm where I will be answering all your baby sign language questions.

The Baby & Toddler Show will be a fantastic day out with amazing toddler entertainment, loads of “show only” offers and quality advice from leading experts. Get your friends, family and mothers groups together and lock the date in your diary!

To encourage you to come and see us at the show, we are giving away a FREE TICKET valued at $20.00 with the next 50 Queensland orders from our online store from today.

Alternatively purchase your early bird ticket for the event and receive 25% off the door price, VIP entry to the Show from 9am, plus a bonus entry to win the brand new Volvo V60! Buy NOW!

We hope to see you this in a couple of weeks at the very first Brisbane Baby & Toddler Show :)

Baby And Toddler Show Brisbane 2011

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

baby-and-toddler-show-brisbaneThe better than ever Baby and Toddler Show is happening next month in Brisbane at the Exhibition Center on the 2nd to the 4th of September.

I will be there all weekend along with our Sunshine Coast Baby Sign Teacher Yuki on stand number E35, we would love to see you pop by.

I will also be talking as part of the shows expert speakers on stage at 3pm each day

This show just keeps getting better and better so if you want (more…)

Universal Baby Signs

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

cute-baby-in-hatI have just spent the last two weeks at home in Ireland visiting friends and family and got to catch up with lots of new baby’s that have been born.

These babies ranged in ages from 3-6 months and there were an equal split of boys and girls. Of these 6 children, one mum had actively decided to try baby sign language from day one, some decided to wait until their baby was at the best age to start baby sign and some (more…)