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This month, (well last month really I suppose on the 28th March), I got married to my partner of 7 years, Gary. As you can imagine it's been a pretty busy last few weeks organising everything but it all came together in the end for a wonderful day.

We head off on Honeymoon this Friday for some well needed R&R to explore South Africa and a few other locations as well.

Monthly Article Section:

This month I thought I would focus on the topic of “Baby Sign Language & Children with Communication Difficulties”. Slowly people are coming to realise that baby sign is not just for use with deaf baby's, but there is still a need for communication as well with children that do have communication difficulties.

Check out all the article listings from previous newsletters here or the latest blog posts listed on the right.

Your Stories:
Thanks very much to Emma Harkin for sending in her baby sign story regarding her son Archer.

"We have been signing for sometime now, a good 10 months. Archer is now 17months and signs just about all the words in our little book. His first sign was "milk". Here is a list of the signs he now does:

Now he signs a whole list including, milk, car, book, ball, cat, house, sun
eat, drink, bird, kangaroo, pain, rain, toilet, sun and teddy.

We also have our own version of "rabbit" - two hands sitting up on our head to make ears. He has also come up with "cold" which is two clenched fists that he shakes from side to side."

Archer with baby sign flashcards

"I love seeing his face light up when I understand what he is trying to say, it is especially funny when we are in the dairy isle of the supermarket and he signs "milk" with such enthusiasm and says out aloud something that to everyone else sounds very much like "MOO" (but I know it is him trying to say milk!).


Read more stories and see pictures of babies signing:

Do you have a story and a picture that you would like to share? Please contact us and let me know how using baby sign has helped your family.

New Baby Signing Classes:

This month, we welcome our newest Baby Hands teacher Alison Golding. Alison is teaching baby sign classes in South of Canberra. For information on class times please contact Alison direct here.

We now have baby sign classes in NSW, QLD and ACT - visit the website for your nearest baby sign class location.

We are currently looking for teachers around the country.
If you are interested in running your own franchised family friendly business and being part of Australia's largest baby signing company, contact us now and let us know why you would make a great Baby Hands teacher.

  Huggies Parents Exchange:
If you would like to talk to other parents about baby sign then you can join the Huggies forum where I am on their panel to answer any questions you may have relating to baby sign language.
  Buy Australian Baby Hands:

If you haven't got your copy of Australian Baby Hands yet you can purchase direct online through our shopping cart.

Australian Baby Hands is an accredited Auslan product and recommended by Childcare Associations and Professionals around Australia.

Happy Signing

Jackie Durnin
Australian Baby Hands

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