Baby Sign Language!
On Monday, June 5th, we were so fortunate to have a baby sign language training with Linda Schmackpfeffer from Tiny Hands Talk To Me! From the history of sign language, to learning over 75 new signs, it was such an amazing opportunity to better our communication with young children. Babies have so much to say but no way to say it! By teaching them sign language, we can ease their frustrations of not being able to communicate their needs and wants. Linda taught us a lot about brain development as well, including the idea that right and left side brain development is equally as important and this can occur together through providing audial AND visual cues such as speaking AND signing. Here are some testimonials from our teachers and staff about what they learned!
Center Director, Amanda Voglmayr says, “I think what struck me the most was how signing can influence a child’s self-esteem. It can be extremely frustrating for a child to not be able to communicate their needs, so when they finally can, they are ecstatic to show off what they are able to say, and equally satisfied with the end result of getting what they wanted. “
The teachers also had a lot of eye-opening moments during the training. They had a lot of “AHA” moments in which they realized specific examples in which sign language would be helpful with particular children in their classrooms. Miss Renee stated, “We really learned the importance of using sign language on a daily basis, even with some of the older children. I can’t wait to implement what I learned with my preschool children. Even when they are already speaking, they can communicate with their nonverbal peers or siblings by using signs, which helps create bonds that otherwise may not exist!”
If you are interested in learning more about baby sign language, please follow Linda Schmackpfeffer on Facebook at Tiny Hands Talk To Me!
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