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Hi everyone and welcome to April's newsletter.

This month come and see us in person at the PBC Expo in Sydney if you are around this weekend. Check out the blog post here to get free tickets.

Also, please welcome on board Amanda, our newest Baby Hands Teacher, who is very excited to be our first Victoria teacher (see details below).

Monthly Article Section:

While baby sign is getting ever more popular it's definatley the Mums who are leading the way. This month we look at Baby Sign Language and Dads - how you can get your partner more involved.

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

New Classes:

Amanda CrosslandThis month I am really happy to announce our first Baby Hands classes in Melbourne.

We have had so many requests from Victoria and now our latest Baby Hands Teacher Amanda Crossland is here for you.

Amanda has been signing with her own son Oliver since he was born in July 2009. Ollie first started signing back to her when he was around 6 months of age and Amanda is very proud of the special communication that she has developed with her little boy and excited to be able to share her experience with you.

Your Stories:

"As I have always worked with children with special needs, when I had my own daughter Tayia, I started signing with her right away just out of habit.

At 43 weeks she did her first sign, “bird,” followed closely by “food” of course, and after that she learned at least 1 sign a week. (Daddy learned 1 sign a week too. He learns as she does.) I have really noticed the benefits of baby sign already, as even under 1 year old she was able to communicate to me what she wants.

One day I was in the kitchen doing dishes while Tayia was in the living room playing. I heard a little frustrated cry so started to rinse the soap off my hands.

When I turned around she was standing in the kitchen. She did the sign for “help” and ran away. I followed her and the little walker she had been pushing around was stuck against the door and she couldn’t turn it around.

She pointed at it and again signed “help”. I turned it around for her and she went off on her merry little way.

I was amazed at how a potentially frustrating and temper-tantrum-producing situation was easily diffused because she could communicate with me what she wanted.

She is now 14 months and knows about 25 signs. Sometimes when she can’t remember a particular sign her little arms start flailing, pulling out any and every sign she can think of, hoping that will work, which of course is hilarious to watch!"

Chenoa
Mum to 14 month old Tayia

Baby Tayia 

Baby Tayia - Signs Finished

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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.

Baby Signing Classes:

Join one of our teachers for a fun interactive baby sign class and get to meet other baby signers in your area.

If you would like a FREE baby sign class then all you need to do is organise a minimum of 5 friends to attend a class and as the organiser you will get the class for free.

Contact your nearest teacher today and organise a class for your mothers group or group of friends

If you have a mothers group or other group of friends interested in a class our teachers can come to you

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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.
  Get Your Australian Baby Hands:
If you haven't got your copy of Australian Baby Hands yet you can purchase direct online through our shopping cart. As well as the Australian Baby Hands book we offer a range of DVD's, books & dictionaries to help you sign.

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

Happy Signing

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