Sry I havn't been around for ages sad Had a busy time moving interstate to be with family & starting a new job & all!! Happy to say that all's well smile
Hi Kerry smile
It depends on wether you want to learn full AUSLAN, MAKATON (Using some AUSLAN signs incoperated into speech, mainly used with disabled who can talk a bit, may be a good idea if you only want to learn some main signs), or specific Baby Sign (Which I imagine works the same as MAKATON using key word signing).
I have heard of "Sign with your baby" teachers around Sydney & Melbourne. (Specific classes on signing with babies. Teaches true AUSLAN signs & encourages learning AUSLAN). Unfortunately I don't have any specific contact details at this time sad
If anyone else does... I would love to hear from you smile
For MAKATON classes you can contact "Hands Can Talk" http://myhome.ispdr.net.au/~johnw/ or "MAKATON Australia" http://seds.sturt.flinders.edu.au/matthews/makaton/
& for full AUSLAN classes (Starts with AUSLAN 1/ An Introduction to AUSLAN) all you need to do is contact your local deaf society or/and TAFE.
& I havn't heard of any "Baby Sign" (using made up signs not AUSLAN) classes being held in Australia so far.
& there are a few books, video's, & web sites out there on signing with babies (though most of them are international & use the signs of the country it was made in sad). MAKATON has a fantastic video of ppl singing nursery rhymes & signing along!
All you really need to do to get started, Kerry, is get yourself an AUSLAN dictionary, pick out a sign or two (ie Milk, More, Eat) that you would use often with an infant & start signing each time you say that word. As you get along you will find you have to learn new signs to keep up with what your little one wants to know smile
Hi Sam smile
I've heard that sign works especially well with twins... I guess as they have each other to bounce off smile You are lucky already having a base of signing to some of your students!
I love hearing about preschools that use sign with their students! They say that they have much quieter & more cooperative classes & that would have to mean happier kids!
I can't believe the therapists & teachers that think that signing could inhibit the children. Being able to communicate in any means can only help a young mind to develop the necessary skills for full communication.
How much proof do they need of infants & children benefiting from signs before they will believe it? The one that really gets to me is this "Hear & Say" centre that bans any children or parents that sign by saying that the children wont learn to talk, even when there are numerous deaf people who learnt to sign well before they learnt to talk!
At least if i came accross any of these anti-signing professionals with my children I would change to someone else who advocates signing (wherever possible).
The main info or web sites I have are listed on my web page... http://groups.msn.com/AUSLANMakatonResources/links.msnw
I'd love to have you add any more that you come accross smile
Hi Leanne smile
That is a perfect example of sign with babies. You will have so much fun as she learns more signs & can communicate with you at such a young age! Not to mention how much she will benefit from developing her communication skills early.
It's no wonder that babies & toddlers scream so much when they can understand so much around them & have no way to express their wants or needs, leaving us to try to guess for them sad
There are hundreds of stories on the discussion board at "Sign with your baby" http://www.sign2me.com/default6.htm if anyone is interested smile
Thx again for your input everyone...