I got asked a question by one
of the mums at a talk I did this month which I thought would be
interesting for this part of the newsletter, especially since
we live in such a multicultural environment in Australia:
How do I introduce baby sign language in
a bilingual environment?
There are two schools of thought
concerning introducing a child to two languages and using sign
The first way you can do it is to separate the
language by person. For example if you speak English and your
partner speaks Spanish, you would speak English and introduce
the sign while your partner would speak Spanish and introduce
The other way to do it is to separate the language
by place. For example, home may be where you would speak Spanish
and sign the word and then anywhere outside the home, you would
use English and sign language.
The first method seems to be the most effective
and popular way.
submit your questions, please send them to me firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Signing Tour:
I still have a number of signings around NSW coming up between
now and Christmas and would love to see you there. Even if you
already have my book, Australian Baby Hands, please feel free
to drop by and have a chat as it is a great chance for me to
meet so many of the people I only ever get to communicate with
More dates coming up: For full details including address click
Saturday 16th Sept: 12:00pm Angus & Robertson Kotara NSW
Friday 22nd Sept: 12:00pm Dymocks Erina NSW
Friday 13th Oct: 10.00am Angus & Robertson Wetherill Park
Saturday 14th Oct: 10.00am Angus & Robertson Winston Hills
Friday 27th Oct: 11.00am Dymocks Tuggeranong ACT
Saturday 4th Nov: 11.00am Angus & Robertson Blacktown NSW
and David & Kim TV appearances:
As I mentioned at the beginning two TV appearances in one week
was quite a shock the to the system. For those of you who saw
Kerri-Anne and enjoyed the Cleo Bachelors of the year, I got
to sit in the Green Room with them before they went on. Unfortunately
I was so nervous about appearing on the show that I barely even
noticed them, hunky as they were!
anyone who missed the shows we hope to be able to put the clip
from Kerri-Anne on the site but for legal reasons we are not
allowed to put the clip from David and Kim up. Hopefully we
will still be able to put up some pictures though.
like to say a special thanks to Karley, Emma and Claire for
coming on Kerri-Anne with me and bringing on their wonderful
Also thank you to Kate and Harmonie for coming on David and
You were all fantastic and really helped me get through the
Feedback after the shows was amazing and so much support from
various groups who are so happy to see Baby Sign Language promoted
you to everyone for your encouragement!
experienced a massive amount of traffic to the website after
each of the shows. Because of this a few people experienced
some problems as the website got a bit overloaded. If you experienced
any problems with the site when you were trying to visit after
one of the shows please re-visit http://www.australianbabyhands.com
This month’s story comes from Dianne who teaches Nursery
at her Sunday School and really illustrates the power of communication
that babies can have through using Auslan.
“I’ve been using
Australian Baby Hands to teach my Sunday school class for the
last 4 weeks, just 4 lessons of 2 hours each. Last week something
happened that I thought was amazing. One of the hearing impaired
members of the church was 'chatting' to one of our adult members
who signs. She must have asked for a drink, because one of 'my'
children toddled over and offered her his bottle. She just stood
there looking at him, and when she didn't take it he signed
'drink' and offered it to her again. She was thrilled, the member
she was chatting to was stunned, and I was pretty darned surprised
Sunday School Nursery Teacher - ages 18 - 30 months
you getting the whole family involved? I get lots of feedback,
mostly from Mums, and lately quite a few Grandmothers who are
getting involved as well. I would love to hear more from Fathers
and extended family members. If you have a story or a picture
of your baby signing please email them through to me at email@example.com
Are you stuck for a great gift idea? Why not get a gift certificate
for Australian Baby Hands?
Its quick and easy to do, gets sent automatically to your friend
and they can use it on what they would like.
Simply visit http://www.australianbabyhands.com/shopping/giftcert.php
to send the gift of communication today.
Any questions or things you would like to see in future newsletters?
Email them through to me at firstname.lastname@example.org