Psychotherapist Marcella Carroll has some great tips for you and your little ones tp have a great Christmas!
I am so delighted to announce the launch of our Baby Sign online courses! It feels like it has been a long time coming and I am giddy at the thought of parents and carers being able to download our popular Baby Sign programme right into their living room. We all have a lot on our plate in today's busy world, and the SuperHands online course is a fun and easy way to start signing with your baby if you can't make it to one of our classes. Best of all, we have a very special introductory offer, with a super €25 discount on the entire course!
The course teaches you more than one hundred signs that will be very useful in your everyday interactions with your little one. I demonstrate how to make the sign, and then we sign along to songs and poems that your baby will love. This makes the signs both easy to remember and enjoyable for your baby to watch. As your baby enjoys watching you and interacting with you they will want to sign back. And because you always say (or sing!) the word as you sign it, baby will often try and vocalise the word as they attempt to sign it. In fact, research shows that babies who sign tend to talk earlier than their non-signing counterparts.
You also get a colourful PDF of the course to download, making it even easier to practice your new signing skills.
The course is broken down into 4 lessons, for your convenience. Normally priced €25 each lesson and €75 for all 4 lessons, we have a very special introductory offer of just €50 for the whole course!
You can also order our Illustrated Dictionary of Baby Sign, which has proven a hit with babies and toddlers in the last few years. It is a gorgeous, brightly coloured board book which many parents tell us is their baby's favourite bedtime book. High praise indeed!
Communicating effectively with your baby is of vital imortance to their development. From the moment they are born, babies are wired to interact with you, because we are such social creatures. They watch everything around them and their parents, as primary carers, are their safe place in this big, wide-open world they've been born into. Babies desire to communicate with their carers is hard-wired and their brain development is dependent on a healthy relationship with those who mind them in those early months and years. Chatting with your baby, holding them, listening to their coos and babbles are all ways you let them know that they are safe and loved. Once they are securely attached they are free to spend the rest of their energy learning about the world in a safe and happy way.
From as early as 3 months babies will start to understand meaning: for example, if you sign 'milk' and ask “Do you want your milk?” and give them milk, soon they will associate the word and the sign with the milk. And even though they may be too young to sign back, it is enough that they understand you. Parents often tell me that when baby is fussing and they just need a moment to get the milk to them, the simple act of signing 'milk' and telling them that milk is on the way, is enough to calm baby down. This is very empowering for a baby to know that they are understood.
Then as they get a bit older and their gross motor skills develop, they can start to sign back. This allows them to ask for what they want, to tell you how they are feeling and even to start a conversation with you.
Babies' expressive language (what they can say) comes along way later then their receptive language (what they can understand) and that's when the frustration really sets in. So while your one year old won't have many spoken words, they really want to tell you that they want the red ball, or that they're cold, or that they see an airplane. And using baby sign, they can!
So join our Baby Sign Online courses today and open up a whole new world for you and your baby.
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