Families learn sign language

SIGN language classes have started in the city to increase communication between parents and their children.

SIGN language classes have started in the city to increase communication between parents and their children.Childcare experts say that both babies and their carers can experience frustration in the time before youngsters can express their wants and desires.

Baby sign language aims to combat this problem, by enabling children to communicate roughly a year before they can speak.

The First Signs classes are held at the Kingsgate Building, in Staplee way, Parnwell, Peterborough, on a weekly basis.

First Signs teacher Jackie Fewtrell said: "Things have gone very well, I'm extremely pleased with the class. There has been a fabulous response, we're now fully booked until January.

"We've had some great feedback. People loved doing the songs and enjoyed the interaction. It was the first time some of the children had come into contact with other babies in a large group setting.

"We sang a number of songs and everyone got involved, the group was fantastic.

"The parents have gone home with songbooks to practice what we went through together.

"Signing enables children to start expressing themselves much sooner than they would purely through speech.

"Often a child knows what they want, but is unable to do so. Signing decreases the frustration for both babies and their parents.

"It helps to build interaction in a positive way. Through signing, parents can have a basic conversation with their child before they can actually speak.

"Signing is by far the best thing I have ever done with my daughter.

"The extent to how it benefited me is what led me to start the classes. They are a fun way to learn and make things easier, but there is information in books and on the net.

"I'd urge all parents to give it a go, it's so beneficial."

For more information on signing, or the classes, visit www.first-signs.com or call Jackie Fewtrell on 01733 221242.