My name is Sarah I am a TinyTalk teacher and I run classes in Maidenhead. I have twin boys and started signing with them when they were 7 months old. I was blown away with how quickly they began to communicate through sign and one of my boys was signing sentences before he could speak! He later replaced signs with words until he was fully verbal, he still enjoys signing and it definitely comes in handy if I need to discreetly
ask if he needs a trip to the loo! We started to see some delays in his brother, who at 3 years old was eventually diagnosed with a rare brain condition which left him non-verbal until he was 4 years old and still unable to walk independently. Signing meant he could communicate with his family, his peers and his care givers. Signing gave him the opportunity to build his vocabulary so that when he was ready to attempt speaking, he had a whole dictionary waiting to be verbalised! Signing with him meant he could tell us if he wanted mummy, daddy or nanny, if he was hungry or thirsty or just wanted a cuddle. He could tell us he loved us. My passion comes from my experience. My strength and determination come from my boys.
TinyTalk defines baby signing as ‘using sign language and meaningful gestures with pre-verbal children, helping them to understand and communicate before they can talk’. The TinyTalk programme uses simple signs and gestures based on BSL (British Sign Language) to enable babies to communicate their needs, feelings and focus of attention before they are able to speak.
I became a TinyTalk teacher because I am passionate about baby signing and the classes are so much fun! The class is split in to two sections the first half an hour provides lots of stimulation for baby through singing, signing, movement, toys, instruments and lots more. It’s great for you too because as well as giving you the tools you need to take your communication with your little one to the next level, in the second half an hour you get to chat to other parents and carers over a cuppa and a chocolate biscuit! Come along and see for yourself – I look forward to meeting you soon!
Location:Maidenhead and Marlow
Favourite Film:There are just too many to choose from!
Pet Hate:Bad manners
Secret Passion:I love all things crafty
I most admire:My children
I love baby signing because:It made our world happier and more peaceful