Im going to start some signing at home with Lucy, the classes are either too far or full!! Any pointers im going to get some "something special" dvds are there any books etc that anyone would advise for a complete novice x2 haha Im really kind of interested in basic signs just so we can start communicating like more, all gone, milk but again haven't a clue if this is the best way to start.
I've been doing Makaton with Kate since she was 2 and I think it is great. Our support group in the nursery ran a course that I went and I thoroughly enjoyed it. More is - make a fist with your left hand (thumb on top), and bring your open right hand down on top. Milk - make a fist with your right hand with your thumb up (like OK) and put your thumb on your lip. Kate finds it alot easier to get her point across with the signs, especially to other people that maybe can't understand her.
ive been signing with georgia for a while now i found the somthing special DVDs are brilliant they also so a something special book for parents i got one from georgias pre-school its really good. Georgias also got a book called babys first signs which have all gone more milk etc in hope this helps x
Hi Karen, The something special dvds are great and I've learnt most of my signing from them. I went on a half-day course for makaton but I've learnt alot more from just watching the something special dvds with Harry. I felt quite daunted by it when I started signing but its surprising how quickly it will become part of your day and you will sign with Lucy automatically. The basic signs like eat and drink are good ones to start with, and like you said, more and all gone. Makaton have a web page with info & something special has a page on the cbeebies website too which may help, Harry loves looking at this and absolutely loves mr tumble. Have fun with it xxx
I use lovely board books by Annie Kubler (put it into something like amazon and they will come up!) which are great and VERY child (and parent!!) friendly. Titles like ' my first 50 signs' and 'my first animal signs' (I think thats what they are called as they are in Daniels room and he's having a kip!!) She also does smaller nursery rhyme ones. Good luck!! xx
Hi, I do Makaton with George and he;s got about 15 signs now. Have you tried the library? I got some makaton books from ours that were basic signs. Also if you've got sky+, series link something special to save buying dvd's xxx