Archive for 2011

Apraxia And Baby Sign Language

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

verbal-apraxiaBaby sign language is usually only thought of in the context of understanding a baby’s wants and needs but having a basic knowledge of baby sign language has proven to be a helpful intervention with children diagnosed with special needs including Apraxia.

Sign language provides a multi-sensory input that children with Apraxia need to in order to develop normal speech. In addition, it helps children with Apraxia receive many of the same social (more…)

Autism and Baby Sign Language

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

autism-baby-sign-languageAutism is something which is very close to my heart. When I was 10 years old my baby brother Patrick was born. I was the very proud older sister but as the months passed, my baby brother was not like all my other friends’ baby brothers. I remember when Patrick was 3 years old and was still not talking. This was causing a lot of anxiety for my parents and a lot of frustration for Patrick.

Sometimes there were temper tantrums, sometimes we knew what he wanted first guess. He seemed locked away in his own world and we did not have the tools to reach him. While Patricks diagnosis took a number of years before it was confirmed, during this pre-verbal time, baby sign language would have been a fun and useful tool to use with my baby brother.

I believe it would have made a real difference in Patricks early years. Patrick loved books (more…)

Baby Hands In The News – Inner West Baby Sign Classes

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Catherine our Inner West Baby hands Teacher was featured in the innerwestcourier this week with her gorgeous 8 month old son Charlie.

As Catherine rightly points out baby’s can start signing a long time before they can speak, its just important to ensure that you are consistent with your signing and introduce a mix of practical and motivational signs.

Read the article below and for more information (more…)

Baby Sign Language For Mothers Day

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

With Mothers Day fast approaching and one of the most popular baby signs to introduce into a home being the sign for Mum, I thought I would talk through the two signs we use at Baby Hands in our baby sign products use for Mum and the differences between them and when we use them.

Ausaln baby sign for mum

Simple Baby Sign For Mum

The first sign for Mum is the one which we include in all our material and it is the simplest for a baby to reproduce.  This sign is created when you (more…)

Baby Sign Language Breaks Barriers

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Yuki our baby sign teacher on the Sunshine coast was featured in the Sunshine Daily Coast this week.

Yuki has been running introductory baby sign classes at her local library in Caloundra for parents in the area.

If you would like to speak to Yuki about organising a class you can contact her directly through the website here:

Remember, if you can organise a group of 5 or more from your mums group or friends you will get the class for free as the organiser. Contact Yuki for full details.


Come See Us At The Baby & Toddler Show Melbourne

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The Baby & Toddler Show MelbourneWith only 8 days to go, the count down has begun to the Baby & Toddler Show Melbourne.

We are looking forward to being a part of the show again this year and you can come visit us at stand 185.

The show is being held at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens in Melbourne.

The Opening times are from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily but you can get early entry to the show with an Early Bird Ticket (which you can buy here now), getting you into the show at 9am.

As well as having a stand at the expo, we are also being featured on the Bio-Oil Baby & Toddler Seminars. Our talk will be on baby sign language, the benefits, the frequently asked questions, the international research as well as where to start. You can catch the seminar each day at 3pm on the main stage.

The Baby & Toddler ShowIf you can’t find our stand, just look for the stand with the cute baby featured in the picture here.

Down Syndrome And Baby Sign Language

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

down-syndrome-baby-smlAll babies can learn to communicate through sign language before they can talk, which is good in itself, but this is especially helpful for babies or children with Down syndrome who may have trouble talking. It provides another way to communicate. Sign language is often a tool they use to build their confidence communicating.

What Is Down Syndrome?

Down syndrome (also called Trisomy 21) is a genetic disorder that occurs in approximately 1 of 700 live births and it is the leading cause of cognitive impairment.

This condition is associated with (more…)

ABC News Story Highlights The Need For Sign Language

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

abc-news-sign-language-storyAs many of you may well have seen recently throughout the disasters that have been happening around the world and indeed right here in Australia the use of sign language interpreters has become more and more widespread.

Standing alongside those delivering news and updates on the current events, sign language interpreters have been a common site on television recently.

ABC news recently did a story on the growing popularity of interpreters and contacted us at Baby Hands to find out a little bit about the increasing popularity (more…)

The Baby & Toddler Show Melbourne

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Baby & Toddler Show MelbourneThe Baby & Toddler Show is back in Melbourne from 8 to 10 April 2011! Bigger & better than ever before, this is a fabulous outing for parents-to-be and parents & their little ones. Featuring a shopping extravaganza (200 of the latest must-have brands), amazing children’s entertainment and fantastic “Show Only” offers.

I will be speaking each day on the Bio-Oil Stage at 3pm to answer all your questions on baby sign language. How to get started, what are the benefits, the 10 steps to signing success and much more. Amanda Crossland, our Whitehorse baby sign language teacher will also be there where she will be running a competition to win a FREE baby sign language class. You can come visit us on stand 185.

Don’t miss out on the Early Bird tickets. Buy your ticket now and receive 25% off the door price plus VIP entry!
It’s an event not to be missed! Find all the info at:

Baby Sign, Makaton, Signed English & Auslan. What’s the difference?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

As well as educating parents on the benefits of using baby sign language with children, I have spent the last number of years educating parents on sign language and sign language systems in general.

People are amazed to find out that there was a difference between the sign language system Australian people use and that of people in other countries. “Auslan or ASL, what’s the difference and what should I use?”, were common questions. To them, they had assumed that there was only one sign language system and it was universal.

To put this in context, I would refer to how there are many people around the world who speak English but they have adopted it and made it their own through colloquialisms and slang.  Think of a person speaking English in England and a person speaking English in Australia (more…)