The sign of a good Christ­mas

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

BA­BIES un­wrapped the gift of com­mu­ni­ca­tion a sign­ing class’ Christ­mas party.

The Che­sham and Prest­wood branches of TinyTalk, the first baby sign­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion to de­liver baby sign­ing classes across the UK, re­cently held a Christ­mas party with ba­bies and their car­ers learn­ing all the signs to mu­si­cal fes­tive favourites.

TinyTalk teacher in Che­sham, Prest­wood and Berkham­sted Laura Sil­ver­stone said: “When teach­ing signs to ba­bies it’s im­por­tant to sign in con­text. Christ­mas is a great time to start as there are San­tas, trees and snow every­where.

“I love help­ing my mums and dads sup­port their chil­dren’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

“Be­ing a TinyTalk Teacher is so worth­while as I know that I make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of my fam­i­lies.

“The ben­e­fit of teach­ing your baby to sign, to be able to com­mu­ni­cate with you from such an early age, is price­less.

“Lan­guage is fun­da­men­tal to ev­ery­thing in life: how we learn about the world, our re­la­tion­ships with our loved ones and how we feel about our­selves. When we’re un­der­stood, we feel good. It’s so im­por­tant to help our ba­bies com­mu­ni­cate with us and to let us know what they’re think­ing about.

“Baby sign­ing is like a win­dow to their mind.”

To find out more about the Che­sham, Prest­wood and Berkham­sted classes visit lauras or email lauras@

The county coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and skills, Coun­cil­lor Zahir Mo­hammed, has promised to raise the is­sue, as well as their con­cerns about the trans­fer­ring of stu­dents from pri­mary to sec­ondary school.

The topic of pupils’ emo­tional well­be­ing was on the agenda at a coun­cil cab­i­net meet­ing ear­lier this month, when two pupils pre­sented a re­port based

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