Hello, my name is Danielle and I'm the new teacher in TinyTalk baby signing classes in Harborne, Quinton, Bearwood & Selly Oak.
I had been signing for around 35 years as I grew up with a deaf cousin. I have continued to complete my BSL signing levels and have currently completed level 6 part one. I have worked with nurseries and schools for many years. My previous occupation was a teaching assistant within a school for deaf
children. I worked there for almost 10 years but left to have my first child.
Miylah is 4 years old has learnt to communicate with both the hearing and deaf world and continues to make amazing progress. She is a confident little girl and loved attending our classes. However she is now at nursery but her learning hasn't stopped there. When Miylah started nursery there was a deaf girl who has bilateral cochlear implants. Miylah noticed and used her skills to communicate and engage her to play. Miylah also supported her teachers when they wanted to learn new signs.
I also have another little girl Anaiya-Rose who is 19 months old. The process of using BSL around begun as soon as she was born and she already able to communicate her wants/needs using BSL along with her spoken language.
After deciding not to return to my current job I found that there was opportunity for me to run some TinyTalk classes within a local area as the teacher was leaving. I feel my knowledge of sign language, previous training in childcare and being a new parent would be a great start to becoming a TinyTalk teacher.; and fast forward 3 years later and Tinytalk is still a passion of mine. But my learning has not stopped there. In September 2021 I started another job as a BSL interpreter supporting a young lad in his college years. This enables me to continue using my BSL skills to support the deaf community as well as supporting babies to find their voice.
My classes are an hour long, starting with a mixture of floor based, seated and standing songs, learning some core BSL signs with supporting visual aids where possible, followed by songs/ stories to incorporate the newly learnt signs into and then out come the musical instruments! This is followed by a lovely sensory activity before we get the toys out and parents can have some social time with a cuppa and biscuit ;) (Slightly changed due to COVID-19)
Good communication is key to a happy and healthy baby and subsequently builds a great relationship between parent and child.
Please get in touch with any questions and I look forward to helping your babies reach their signing potential!
If you have any questions about baby signing or if you'd like to come along to a class just get in touch. Why not check out my page on Facebook TinyTalk Harborne, Quinton & Bearwood
Children:Miylah 4 Years Old & Anaiya-Rose 19 Month Old
Qualifications:BA Hons in Early Years, BSL levels 1-3 currently doing BSL level 6
Favourite Film:Little Mermaid and The Goonies
Pet Hate:Nail biters
I most admire:My parents! Being one is hard work but amazing!
I love baby signing because:It helps babies communicate when they don't have a voice and watching them achieve signs. Also showing awareness for BSL its an amazing language.