Baby Sign Language

Flickr User Mike Liu / CC 2.0 License

Flickr User Mike Liu / CC 2.0 License

Baby sign language has radically affected the lives of many families. Most children begin to communicate through speech at 15-18 months of age. With the use of sign language, families are now developing closer bonds with their children as they begin to communicate as early as 8-12 months of age!

Tiny Fingers offers an opportunity for you and your entire family to interact and communicate with your child on a completely new level. The Tiny Fingers program uses American Sign Language for early communication and long-term learning with hearing infants or toddlers. Through play, activities, songs, and games, you and your child will be given the tools to communicate months earlier and with a broader, more extensive vocabulary than with spoken words alone. Tiny Fingers opens up a new world of communication, intimacy, and ideas in young children.

baby signs book coverIn each workshop, the students will learn 30-40 signs, the signs to a related and familiar song for each topic covered, and will play a game to reinforce the signs they just learned. Especially recommended for parents with infants approaching 6 months through the middle of the 2nd year. Many parents find the content useful until their child reaches spoken language fluency, which is typically 2.5 years or older.

The Tiny Fingers program was developed by Eileen Ladino, a sign language interpreter and certified teacher of deaf and hearing children with over 15 years of teaching experience.


Upcoming Classes

Is this a class for babies or parents? This class was developed for parents to learn signs in a baby friendly atmosphere. Strategies for parents to use signs, paired with speech, in natural contexts such as during meals, bath time, or while at play will be discussed. Since we cannot expect the babies to focus on a full-length lesson nor leave a class having learned all the signs from the one exposure, our focus is to ensure the adults have learned the signs so they are able to provide adequate exposure and repetition of these signs to their children in context. While the adults are learning, the children are playing among us with toys that represent the signs we are learning, providing the perfect opportunity to introduce some of those signs to them in context. More questions? See the Tiny Fingers FAQ.