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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…)

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…)

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…)

Grandparents and Baby Sign Language

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Since the launch of Baby Hands, each week I get more and more emails from Australian grandparents asking questions on baby sign language, requesting more information on baby sign language or wanting to share their baby sign language story.

For those of you out there who are a grandparent and have not begun using baby sign language with your grandchildren, I will highlight the benefits of doing so and get you to join this amazing grand-parenting revolution.

In Australia today, we have a lot more couples having children and needing to return to work and rely on family or childcare to take care of their children.  We have seen over the last number of years a growing trend in childcare centres using Baby Hands baby sign language in their centres as they recognise the benefits of (more…)

The Recommended Age To Start Baby Sign

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

When deciding to do baby sign language many parents want to know when is the best age to start?

The simple truth is that the best time to start is when you feel ready that you can consistently introduce baby sign into your new baby’s life and routines.

But, there are also stages of your baby’s development that will mean even though from an early age they can understand signs they do not have the physical ability to sign back.

A baby’s physical ability to sign begins at around 5 – 6 months, once they can hold a rattle or a toy.  Once they have developed this level of control around their hands they may attempt to do some signing.

Because your baby will not be able to sign until approximately 5 – 6 months of age we generally recommend to parents that this is a good age to start introducing baby sign.  Now, the reason for this isn’t because your baby can’t start to learn signs at an earlier age (more…)

Introducing The Concept Of More Through Sign

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Introducing practical conceptual signs, such as “More”, “Please” and “Thank You” can be quite difficult.  It just isn’t the same as introducing a sign for “Book”.

With a book, or any other object you have something tangible that’s there to show your baby so they can relate to the sign, the word and the whatever the object might be.

So when we come to introducing a sign such as “More” we need to be a little bit creative (more…)

How To Deal With Baby Sign Language Skeptics

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

So, you have either heard of Baby Sign language and are trying to find out more about it or you just started using baby sign but you have had some doubts because once you told your friends/family/co-workers one of them told you it just doesn’t work and will delay your baby’s speech.

Naturally you want the best for you and your baby and you want to trust your friends advice but are they right?

There will always be skeptics with anything and even though baby sign is no longer new and certainly out of the “fad” stage there are still those people out there who (more…)

The Importance Of Being Consistent With Your Signing Efforts

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The most common question I used to get asked was “Wont using baby sign delay my baby’s speech?

Baby sign has now become very common since I first started Australian Baby Hands over 5 years ago (which is now in over 20,000 homes around Australia) and many people are aware of the research and studies that show baby sign actually helps to promote language development, not inhibit it.

Also many more people these days have a personal experience of baby sign and have seen the benefits.  The number of people these days who I meet who tell me about their friend, neighbor or relative (more…)

3 Ways To Introduce Baby Sign

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Through many of the previous posts in our blog we have looked at the benefits and reasons for introducing baby sign and also the much asked question “Does baby sign delay speech”? In this post I want to share with you three specific ways to help you introduce baby sign with your baby.

Its important to use a mix of motivational and practical signs for best results with your baby to ensure that they are interested in what it is you are signing about to start with. (more…)

Motivational And Practical Signs

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Something that a many parents don’t understand when trying to introduce baby sign is the  importance of ensuring that you have a balance of motivational and practical signs for your baby.

Practical words are the ones that will help you as a parent to understand what it is that your baby wants (more…)