Signing with my children as babies is one of the best things I ever did.
It made both they and me less frustrated. But it also gave me an early insight into their thoughts, which I will treasure forever.
Signing isn’t just beneficial for babies though, it can also really help older children who are struggling with speech and language.
The high rate of success at being understood that children gain from signing, encourages them to persevere with spoken language. Quite simply because they believe you will understand them.
If you’ve ever wondered whether signing is right for your family, or how to get started, why not watch my short introduction to see how it works.
The signs I use are all British Sign Language Signs, which means it’s a great skill for older children to have as well.
For those of you who use Makaton, please be assured that there is a large amount of overlap. In fact within this series, as far as I am aware only the sign for cow differs slightly.
Each week I’ll introduce a new set of signs and a bespoke song to accompany them. As well as giving you tips and tricks about how to incorporate signing in your everyday lives.
This week’s signs relate to farm animals and are usually a big hit with children. The song Mr Jackson’s Farm is one of my favourites.
I hope you enjoy it (my singing aside), and it becomes one of yours too.
If you have any questions about signing with children or would like any help then please do get in touch.