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Posts Tagged ‘auslan’

The Difference in Language Acquisition for Signing and Non-Signing Children

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

I recently read an article which highlighted in a table the differences between a signing baby and their non-signing counterpart in language acquisition.  This table appeared on an American blog called Baby Sign Shine and I thought it would be great to share it with all you Aussie parents and create an Australian version of the table below.  If you could spare 30 seconds, I would really appreciate your input to understand the key milestones Australian parents are experiencing in relation to language acquisition with their signing baby.   (more…)

Universal Baby Signs

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

cute-baby-in-hatI have just spent the last two weeks at home in Ireland visiting friends and family and got to catch up with lots of new baby’s that have been born.

These babies ranged in ages from 3-6 months and there were an equal split of boys and girls. Of these 6 children, one mum had actively decided to try baby sign language from day one, some decided to wait until their baby was at the best age to start baby sign and some (more…)

Free Baby Sign Language Poster

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

To help you start your baby sign language journey today download a copy of our free baby sign poster.

This introductory chart contains six beginner signs to help you get started

Just enter your details in the box below (or on the right) to get your free baby sign language chart emailed straight to you.

Use your new chart in conjunction with Baby Hands signing steps to success and remember to be consistent with your signing, especially when first starting out.

If your wondering if your baby is the right age to start baby sign language then check out the recommended age to start baby sign language.

There is lots of useful information in our Baby Hands Blog and also Information For Parents section.

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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…)

Auslan or ASL? What’s The Best Baby Sign Language?

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

When it comes to baby sign language things have changed a lot since I first started Baby Hands over 5 years ago.

In the early days virtually nobody in Australia had heard of baby sign language and most parents assumed it was something for Deaf babies and not something they needed to bother with. (more…)

Hearing Awareness Week 2009

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

While Australian Baby Hands products were developed to help aid the communication of pre-verbal “normal” hearing children I feel strongly that we should ensure that we support the Deaf community and use Auslan as best we can.

This week is Hearing Awareness Week.  One in six people in Australia suffer from some form of hearing loss and for many using sign language is their main form of communication.

If you are worried that your child may suffer from any form of hearing loss here are some things that you may want to check:

Normal Progress for children;

  • 0 – 4 months – is startled by loud noises and soothed by mother’s voice
  • 4 – 6 months – turns eyes towards sounds and responds to mother’s voice
  • 5 – 6 months – begins to “babble”
  • 6 – 9 months – turns head towards sounds and responds to own name
  • 9 – 12 months – copies simple words like “no” and “bye bye”
  • 12 – 18 months – says some words and follows simple instructions
  • Over 18 months – should be increasing vocabulary quickly

A child with a hearing loss may:

  • not hear sounds
  • not respond to own name
  • begin to “babble”, then stop for no explicable reason and fail to use single words
  • use very few words for their age
  • misunderstand instructions, seem inattentive and/or restless
  • appear to be naughty
  • wait to see what others do first after instructions are given

Details and information care of DF child brochure

If you are concerened that your child sufferes from any form of hearing loss please consult with your doctor or local health care worker.

If you would like information on fun and interactive baby sign classes please contact one of our baby hands teachers.