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Baby and Toddler signing and sensory classes

Learning to communicate with your child before they can speak is a rewarding experience for all. 

In the classes, we learn to use signs that help with communication using songs and stories, along with toys and other activities, to share and learn signs together. We also include sensory play to help encourage focus and develop motor skills.
 
By signing with your baby and toddler, the whole family can get involved and it reduces the frustration of your child not being able to communicate their needs. Signing while speaking has been shown to encourage the development of communication and language skills.

By exposing your baby to signs and other forms of communication from an early age it gives you and them the opportunity to learn effective communication skills in the same manner as early sounds and words.
 
Each class focuses on a different theme, sharing key signs for that theme and reinforcing through fun songs and nursery rhymes. Repetition of signs and songs throughout the year helps consolidate understanding.

The class is suitable for all babies and toddlers, 0-3 years. Siblings are welcome to join in with the signing, songs and activities to learn signs to support their sibling's communication.  

All class members are invited to join our private What's App group as well as a members-only area with lots of activities to help you and them practise at home at a time that's convenient to you. Practising these signs in context at home is where your child will really start to understand their meaning. The members' area is also available to parents who cannot attend classes but wish to learn and practise at home.

The members-only area includes the following for each theme:
Come and join other mums, dads, grandparents, aunties and uncles with their little ones for an opportunity to learn, socialise and play.

ONLINE CLASSES

Mondays 

1.30 - 2.15pm

£30 per 6 week block

PLUS access to the members area

If you want to join part way through the block you will only pay for the remaining sessions. Please get in touch to make arrangements.

IN-PERSON CLASSES IN THE BLAYDON AREA WILL RESUME ONCE IT IS SAFE AND POSSIBLE TO DO SO

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Monday 26th October 

1.30 - 2.15pm

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I am a mum to three gorgeous children; Maya, Oscar and Ava. I first learned Makaton to support my youngest daughter in her communication, making me realise the value of signing, not only to remove frustrations and understand her needs but as a vital tool to support her speech development.
 
I started my career in education teaching maths where I taught and led in two very different secondary schools. I love working with young people of all ages and seeing them grow as individuals. I left the classroom behind in 2017 which ultimately led to the creation of ‘The Snowdrop Story.’
 
I truly believe in encouraging children to be able to express themselves in a way that includes people who need other methods of communication to involve them fully in society. The ability of children and parents to be able to communicate in creative ways, I feel, will facilitate their learning and understanding for an inclusive society.
 
My vision is to empower all children and young people to enable them to be successful, giving them a voice and helping them to exist in a fully inclusive society.

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Why people use sign language

Lots of different people use different types of sign language for lots of different reasons. 

British Sign Language (BSL) is a language of its own. It has its structure and grammar and uses hand signs, body language and facial expressions. It is predominently used by the deaf community in the UK and is constantly envolving, like any other language. I first learnt some basic BSL as a teenager and put it to use communicating with a customer in a part time job I had in college.

Makaton is a language programme that was created in the 1970s by speech and language therapists to support children and adults with learning difficulties. It is based on BSL but does not follow the same structure and some signs have been adapted to make them more accessible. Makaton is signed alongside speech and used in spoken word order. It is quite common for people to stop using signs once their speech has developed, although some will continue to use it alongside to support their communication.

Today, thousands of children and adults use Makaton. It can be used in an inclusive way with ALL children; not just those with communication difficulties. Lots of childcare providers and mainstream schools use Makaton in their settings as well as parents of typically-developing children. If your child uses and understands Makaton they will continue to be able to do so in many nurseries and schools.

I first learnt Makaton in 2019 after my youngest daughter, Ava, was born and diagnosed with Down's syndrome. It has been invaluable in, not only aiding her speech development but it also enabled her to communicate her needs with us before her speech began. Some of her first signs were food, drink, more, finished and star - guess what her favourite nursery rhyme was!?

Develops speech

Used alongside spoken words it aids speech development in all children, including those with additional needs.

Reduces Frustration

It provides a voice to children to reduce frustration of not being understood and allows them to inform you of their essential needs.

Promotes Inclusion

The more people who are able to sign and understand signs allows for a more inclusive society for those who rely on them for their communciation.

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