What is Sign and Sing?
As a part of typical development before speech is well established, babies naturally use a combination of gestures and sounds to help their parents understand them. Baby signing is wonderfully rewarding and fantastic fun! You will be amazed by what your baby is capable of telling you before being able to talk.
Bolton School Nursery carries out a wide range of Sing and Sign activities throughout all rooms over the course of the day, not just the First Steps Room. This supports all of our children who may find it difficult to communicate verbally. The setting has resources to support such activities.
What are the benefits of baby signing?
- Helping to understand your baby's needs, thought and ideas
- Reducing frustration (for baby and parent)
- Enhancing early vocabulary and understanding
- Encouraging the development of speech
- Enriching your baby's relationships
- Building confidence and self-esteem
- Stimulating your baby's intellectual and emotional development
Could Signing inhibit a baby's instinct to talk?
No, not at all. Quite the reverse! Gestures are not a replacement for speech. When using a sign, you always say the accompanying word. Your baby's first words will be given a real boost by baby signing.
What is the Sing and Sign approach?
We think the best way to learn baby signing is in a fun and relaxed manner through enjoying action songs. Musical activities are known to stimulate language development, and the songs are such an easy way to remember the signs, it doesn't feel like learning at all! The Sing and Sign company have especially written or adapted songs to target the important words in your baby's world.
We sing about going to the park, meal times, bath time, bed time, and other things which will capture your child's imagination, such as animals and vehicles. These are the signs babies love to use!
Sing and Sign is widely recommended by Sure Start, the government service working to promote all aspects of development in babies and young children. Susan Duffy, Speech and Language Therapist for Sure Start, says: "Sing and Sign is a brilliant programme. We suggest all our mums and babies use signs, as gesture is a natural first form of communication. The gestures shown in Sing and Sign can help babies understand more of what is said to them and enables babies to express themselves earlier. Using signs make life for parents less stressful!"
More information about Sign and Sing can be found here.