From Classroom to Screen

When I was 6 years old I performed a poem with my best friend Gemma Byrne in a community talent show. I was so nervous before I went on stage I thought I might pee my pants. And I was so buzzed up afterwards I thought I might pee my pants. When I finally got to the loo and relieved my bladder, I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up... I had to be on stage! I'm still waiting to grow up, but I have spent a lot of time on stage and I still feel like I might pee my pants every time. These days however, with a kid to rear and rent to pay, I spend less time on stage (it's fierce time-consuming and fierce poorly paid) and more time on screen. So it seemed a natural step that we take our tried and tested SuperHands baby sign classes online.

Eileen, the brains and the talent behind all of SuperHands' design and branding, is very tall, very attractive and can do pistols (for those among us who aren't gym bunnies, that means she's elite-level fit). She always has shiny hair and an impeccably pulled together outfit on. Basically, she's camera ready at all times. But she would rather eat worms than go onscreen and sing, so the job falls to me. Oh no! What am I going to do? You want me to go on screen ok I'll do it where do I sign up no need to pay me I'll do it anyway.

At SuperHands we have taught thousands of parents and their babies to sign using our fun and easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy-a-baby-could-do-it method of teaching. And now hundreds of thousands of parents will soon have access to our classes from the comfort of their own laptop. Squeee! Don't know about you, but I'm pretty excited.

First, I adapted our baby sign course for screen. Then I enlisted the talents of cinematographer Dónal O'Conor, put Eileen in the director's chair, and shot on location thanks to Maggie Dunn.



The aim of the online course is to teach you lots of baby sign so you can start signing with your baby at home. Our songs and poems are super easy to learn, as are the signs that go along with them. The online course will bring you more than 100 signs – from family to clothes to food to emotions – that you can use to interact with your baby everyday.

Research has shown that signing with your baby can reduce frustration, increase parent child bond, accelerate speech and boost your baby’s confidence. At SuperHands we have brought the joy of signing to thousands of parents and their babies and by the end of the online course you will have learned to sign with your baby from the comfort of your own home. The online course will also serve as a great refresher if you've already attended one of our courses, and as an easy way to get a taste of what we do at SuperHands, if you're thinking attending a course or workshop.

After a LOT preparation (a successful shoot is all about the preparation) we're very happy with the course we shot. We're now in post-production editing, adding animation and creating some fantastic downloads. I can't wait to bring you the finished product - I'm sure you'll really like it!


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