In the 1980s Dr Linda Acredolo noticed her 12-month-old daughter wrinkle her nose and make a sniffing action whenever she saw a flower in the garden, as if to smell it. The fascination with this was when her daughter started doing the same action whenever she saw a picture with a flower. After observing a few weeks, she and her fellow research partner Dr Susan Goodwyn decided to dive in and see if hearing babies could learn to communicate with their bodies before they could talk.
The short answer is, yes.
- Decreased frustration.
- Strengthening of the emotional bond between parent-child.
- Babies who had learned signs, were able to communicate verbally well and ahead of their peers.
- 12 IQ points higher than their peers when tested at 8 years old.
More than anything, it’s fun!
Being able to have a conversation with your baby before they can talk helps you and them engage in their needs, their wants, their interests and the world around them.
Dr Acredolo and Goodwyn created the Baby Signs Program to help parents and babies learn some basic signs together in a fun, playgroup-like format.
Shubhra is currently running Baby Sign Program Courses online and in-person. Online courses are more parent-focused. In-person classes are more focused on creating a simple, fun class for babies and mums to do together whilst learning some signs.
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BABY SIGNS SERVICES
For the in-person course, you will learn a minimum of 36 signs.
As there are babies and parents, 6 signs per class is usually covered in a 45 minute class. Anything more might be too much to expect our little ones to “pay attention”.
For the online course, parents will learn over 70+ signs. Since it is online and it’s less likely to keep a child engaged to the screen for such a long period of time, the structure of the online program is more geared to just the adults, the parents and other caregivers. This gives us some opportunity to learn more signs. Classes are also 45 minutes long.
In both formats, signs from 6 topics are covered, including songs and handouts to practice at home.
Price and payment is for the whole course of 6 classes.
Most babies can start signing back more regularly around 8 months old onwards.
First signs are dependent on how often they are exposed to signs being used and their own interest in wanting to communicate.
There are 6 classes, and each is 45 minutes. Some classes can run up to 1 hour in case there are questions.
Classes are run weekly. Each weekly class will cover a topic. Topics include: Mealtime, Bedtime, Bath time, Getting Dress, Pets, Going outside, etc.
You can start sign from day 1 but babies tend to start showing their first signs around 8 months. Some as early as 6 months. The oldest are usually between 12 – 18 months old.
The main points are if you baby hasn’t been able to use words but is looking to you to engage with the world around them, they’re a great candidate for learning or being exposed to signs.
Regular classes are currently being run with Beloved Bumps, however if you and your fellow-mum friends want to get together and do a course together privately, that can be arranged too.
Minimum of 3 sign-ups are required for a private course online.
Minimum of 6 sign-ups required for in-person courses.
Online classes are run on Zoom.
In-person classes are run either at Shubhra’s place or in the home, volunteered by one of the parents.
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