I have been at my booth at the Saskatoon Family Expo today and will be there tomorrow as well! We are offering a lot of specials and information giving.
Here I am having fun playing with a family’s new Mei Tai! Isn’t it beautiful?! Come down and say Hello! I want to try your beauties too!
Due to popular demand another Level I class has been added to our Winter 2016 class schedule starting February 2, 2016 at 2:15 pm.
Remember to register quickly as space is limited due to small class sizes.
My Smart Hands Saskatoon is pleased to be selling Handcrafted Felt Board Play for toddlers and preschoolers. Each kit had stories and rhyming ideas to keep this activity full of signing and fun.
We will also be announcing our winter 2016 schedule with a special for those families registering at the @saskatoonfamilyexpo
These are a great way to assist in developing language, increased vocabulary and communication skills! Not to mention another fun way to bring#babysignlanguage into your day to day activities.
We will have 4 sets for sale at the Expo and also taking orders on line.
While at a trade show yesterday I met many families who have used sign language, were interested in taking sign language classes or my past signing families! I enjoy hearing stories about how signing has positively impacted a family and how they are able to communicate with their young children. The best feedback I received yesterday was how a family can see how their child feels empowered to be able to communicate with her parents!
However, there were parents who expressed concern that using #ASL signs with their children may delay natural speech and language. The short answer is no! I think the confusion is due to the fact there is often confusion between speech and language. Here is a great link explaining the difference:
http://www.playingwithwords365.com/2012/01/what-is-the-difference-between-speech-and-language/ (this blogger is a Speech and Language Pathologist).
When a child is using baby sign language (ASL signs) they are using language, and bridging the gap to meaningful communication! How wonderful is is that a non-verbal baby or a late talking toddler is able to use a true language to communicate their needs and have a sense of empowerment over their environment?
The Mayo Clinic promotes the use of Baby Sign Language stating, “Baby sign language — when babies use modified gestures from American Sign Language — can be an effective communication tool. Teaching and practicing baby sign language also can be fun and give you and your child an opportunity to bond.”
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Our classes are also language rich as teach baby sign language through music, signing, movement, sensory activities. we encourage parents to constantly talk with their children while using baby sign language to support and encourage verbal English.
Please feel free to ask me any questions!
Tanya Myrfield-Wofe – BSW, RSW, Certified Baby Sign Instructor, and Parent Educator
My Smart Hands Saskatoon
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Tanya with My Smart Hands Saskatoon- mom and baby classes, is often asked the question, “When can I start signing with my child?” The answer is never the same for each family, as each parent has their own reasons for using American Sign Language with their child.
Most baby & toddler sign language instructors recommend waiting until your child is between the ages of 4 to 6 months of age. Children are meeting important milestones during this time including: eye contact, purposeful movement of arms/hands, and beginning to find new ways to engage with their parents such as squealing, smiling, cooing and babbling. Parents may decide to start signing earlier or later. In fact, we have had children as young as 2 months up to 2.5 years of age in her classes. Basically parents can start signing with their baby or toddler when ready!
Based on child development, babies are ready for signing when they start moving their eyes and head to track toys or their parents face. This shows they are interested in learning and ready to start communicating with you! When you start signing, your child may show you many new reactions. This could be a frustrated or confused face, an interested expression, moving their hands in different ways, or smiling. These are all good indications that your child is trying to figure out what you are saying with your hands. Keep using American Sign Language and soon your child will be signing back!
A key point about signing, is to be consistent! Start signing with 2-5 words, consistently during the day. However, add more in every week as your child is wanting to learn more. Finally, watch your child for signing approximations and when they start signing or moving their hands to approximate a sign, reward them with praise or what they were asking for!
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Tanya Myrfield-Wolfe- BSW, RSW, Certified Baby Sign Language Instructor, & Parent Educator
My Smart Hands Saskatoon
Global News was in attendance of yesterday’s Baby & Toddler Sign Class!!
Be sure to watch for My Smart Hands Saskatoon, Baby & Toddler Sign Language on Global News tonight during their 6PM news. We will be on Focus Saskatchewan with a longer news segment on Saturday and Sunday at 6:30PM!!