Oh Granny, give me a sign!

The grandparents who attended the baby signing class in Whalley with their grandchildren, tutor Helen and signing puppet Dexter.
The grandparents who attended the baby signing class in Whalley with their grandchildren, tutor Helen and signing puppet Dexter.

A GROUP in Whallley which teaches parents to communicate with their babies using sign language long before they can talk has spread the net to include grandparents too.

Helen Webster has been successfully running weekly TalkFirst Baby Signing classes at Whalley Village Hall for the past four years and recently opened the doors to Grannies and Grandads to show them what baby signing is all about.

It is an innovative idea which has come from America and swept through the UK, proving so popular with parents that curious grandparents are keen to get in on the act.

“It was amazing teaching the grandparents some signs,” said Helen. “We had a fabulous class with music, singing and rhymes as well as the signs. They met my signing puppet ‘Dexter’ and came away from the session having had lots of fun and knowledge of what Baby Signing is all about and how we teach it.”

Julie Ryder, who founded TalkFirst in 2006, explained: “Baby signing helps children to tell you what’s on their mind before they can speak. It reduces frustration and brings on speech. Our classes, for ages 0 to 30 months, are a great way to learn to sign, fun to attend and good quality.”

For more information about baby signing or to book classes, phone Helen Webster on 07889 226997 or visit: www.talkfirst.net