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Issue No.9 April 2007

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Jackie Durnin
Jackie Durnin
Author - Australian
Baby Hands

Welcome to the April Baby Hands Newsletter.

Firstly I want to wish you a Happy Easter.

A quick newsletter this month as I am on my holidays - hooray!

I have been spending time with friends and family in Ireland before we head to Dubai in a few days and then on to Thailand for some sun to get the chill of the Irish winter out of my bones before heading home to Oz :-)


  • Monthly Article Section:
    April - "Substituting Words In Baby Sign Language"
    I have had several parents ask me if it is ok to substitute words associated with the signs used in Australian Baby Hands for other words such as "din-din"s for "eat" or "night-nights" for "bed".
    So this month we look at what baby sign language is about and the use of Auslan, Australian Sign Language in
    Substituting Words In Baby Sign Language

    Check out all the article listings from previous months.

  • Your Stories:
    In last months article, Can Baby Sign Language Delay Speech, we looked at how baby sign language can actually help to advance language acquisition rather than delay it.
    This months story from Trish in Queensland shares her experience of how baby signing helped her son Aaron after medical problems prevented him speaking in his early years.

“Hi Jackie.

When my son was born 3 1/2 years ago, he had a few medical problems and one of them was that he could not breathe normally. He needed a trachy (tube in his neck) to breathe until he could hopefully grow out of it.

We decided to start to learn sign language so that we could communicate with him not knowing if or when he would grow out of the trachy.

It was so difficult to find info on baby signing. I am really happy that new parents have access to this information now and that you make it so easy.

It was a struggle but Aaron and I went really well with signing (mostly about our dog playing ball, and cars and trucks) and when the trachy came out at age 2 years the doctors expected significant speech therapy, but we didn't need any.

His speech came along really well and by age 3 he was at or above the age appropriate level. I really think this is because Aaron was already used to 'talking' he just started to use words instead.

Baby Aaron Picture

Sign language really helped Aaron to communicate with me and he was so happy when I could understand what he wanted.

Thank you,"

Trish Brunings

To read more stories and see pictures of babies signing visit our testimonials page: There now over 6,000 parents around Australia using Australian Baby Hands.

Do you have a story and a picture that you would like to share? Send them to me I would love to hear from you!

  • Huggies Parents Exchange:
    Come along and visit the Huggies Parents exchange forum on Baby Sign Language at the Huggies website where I am on their panel to answer any questions you may have relating to baby sign language.

Visit the Huggies forum to send me a question or to simply share your baby sign language stories with other parents.

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