Little Hands Talking

WHY SIGN?

SIGNING BABIES:

Have enhanced verbal language
Have decreased frustration
Have increased self-esteem

SIGNING PRESCHOOLERS

Have increased word retention
Have enhanced letter recognition
Are better able to deal with conflict

We offer 2 class formats

Traditional (similar to a "how-to" seminar)

Parents will learn the fundamentals of signing and all of the signs in the signing dictionary in class #1 (2 hours without baby).  One week later parents and babies return for the “sign time” learn-through-play portion of the program where they will practice through games, songs and stories.

Weekly (similar to a weekly music program)

All of the same fundamentals of signing are learned except parents and babies attend all classes together.  This 3-week program incorporates teaching and signing playtime activities in every class

Sign Language For Hearing Families

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What was the first sign language in the world?

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The question of who invented sign language has always been a great debate, and people have various ideas and conclusions of what might have been the first sign languages in the world. Many people believe that people would have used sign languages before they came up with other languages which included actual words.

Sign language:

Sign language is where manual communication is used to convey something to the other person. These manual communications include facial expressions, hand gestures, finger movements, arm and body movement etc. The sign language which people follow today has emerged through an abstract just like the other languages of the world. Many people think that there is only one sign language in this world and people follow a single sign language all across the globe but there are about approximately 137 sign languages in the world and each one of them is different from each other.

History of sign language:

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The first ever record of sign language was recorded in the 5th century, and it was said to be comprised of mimics, hand signals, gestures and finger spelling. Certain signs can represent words while others may represent an entire phrase or even complete ideas. These sign languages are much different in construction when compared to other oral languages and are used by most deaf people to communicate with each other.

Some of the earliest records of sign languages were from Plato’s Cratylus and in 60 A.D sign languages were recorded in the Bible. Many sign languages were not documented instead many sign languages were developed independently all over the world. In the 17th century people believed that the deaf could not be taught but John, an Archbishop of York, took the responsibility to teach a deaf person how to read and write.

Deaf people lived together before the 17th century in small communities and had their way of gestures and signs to communicate with each other.

One of the earliest records where deaf people were taught to understand oral language was when Juan Pablo Bonet had published a book which taught the mute and the deaf people to speak. By using manual signs, the book helped dumb and deaf children to communicate with each other.

Sign languages were also used as secret languages in Britain, and it was also used to communicate to the deaf community. In the year 1680 a book named “The deaf and dumb man’s tutor” which was written by George Dalgarno where he presents his way of deaf education where he used anthological systems to help people learn the sign language efficiently and easily.

In the 18th century, a school for the deaf and mute people was established in Connecticut and in 1864 a college was founded for deal people in America. Later sign language became very popular, and many institutes were established to teach the deaf people in the world.

Is it easy to learn sign language?

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People are quite confused as to when sign language could have possibly come into the picture. Some people believe that the early man had used sign language to communicate with each other before he started to learn to speak and use oral communication. We can see that many tribes and other early communities have used sign languages while hunting. Cave dwellers used cave painting and other gestures to communicate with each other. Sign language has evolved slowly, and today many people can understand and communicate with deaf and mute people very easily through sign languages.

Previously people struggled to learn sign languages as there were not many resources available to people to learn. Deaf people were set apart, and they lived as a community, and before the 19th-century people believed that deaf people were incapable of learning and understanding other oral languages.

Juan Pablo Bonet had first published a book for the deaf community so that they will be able to learn how to communicate with each other. Later many colleges were started exclusively for deaf people, and sign language has become popular, and many people have started to learn the language.

With the advent of technology learning sign language has never been easier. The following are some of the places you can learn sign language:

YouTube videos:


YouTube has been one of the best places to learn anything in this world. There are many videos online which you can refer and learn. There are many teachers with YouTube channels who teach sign languages, and you can watch their videos and learn from those videos. All you need is a proper internet connection, and you can easily learn sign languages just by sitting at home and watching some videos.

Web resources:

There are many books and other data on the internet which you can download and read for better understanding of the sign language. You can also connect with many people over a blog and try to know how they learnt sign language.

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Mobile applications:

With the advent of smart-phones, we have started to use mobile applications for many things, and there are many applications which teach you to sign languages. You can download such apps and practise the language.

Take up classes:

If you are very keen on learning sign languages, then it is advised to take up classes that are available in your locality. These classes will have professions who will help you out with many things.

Join a deaf club or a community:

Joining a community or a club will make you meet people who use sign language on a daily basis, and you can learn from them. It will be a great experience to meet new people and learn from them. As you interact with them and hear their stories, you will be more inspired to learn more things about sign language.

Laurie J Oliver

Laurie is an expert in braille and linguistics for the deaf. She is also the author of ” Sign Language : The tools of universal communication” which went triple platinum in the year 2012. Laurie is married to Oliver Epikislop and is the mother of 3 wonderful kids.

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  • 1259 Mountain Rd, Moncton,
    New Brunswick, E1C 1H6.
  • 506-961-3843
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