"Oh, sign to me!"

Sara Bingham is the founder of WeeHands (a baby sign language company) and is author of The Baby Signing Book. Sara completed an honours Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics at the University of Ottawa, and has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Carleton University. In addition, she has earned an honours post-graduate diploma from Georgian College, as a Communicative Disorders Assistant. Sara has been studying American Sign Language (ASL) since 1991 with the Canadian Hearing Society, the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf and at Durham College. She teaches at both Durham College and Georgian College within their Communicative Disorders Assistant programs and is the owner/founder of WeeHands Baby Sign Language Inc, www.weehands.com

Signing & Splashin’ in the water

Play in the water with your baby…in the tub or in a kiddie pool in the backyard. Remember children learn vocabulary best when you related the spoken words and signs you are showing them to sensory items, items that they are feeling while they play and interact with. While playing or bathing your child, imitate his sounds and movements. Splash in the water and show your baby the sign for WATER. Pour a little bit of water onto your little...

August 3, 2010 Read Blog

WeeHands at Home, Volume 1

WeeHands "At Home" DVD (Volume I) Produced by WeeHands and D-PAN, our WeeHands "At Home" Volume I features more than 33 ASL signs to use at home with child (age 0-6 years), language development tips and strategies, as well as 10 children's songs signed from start to finish in American Sign Language! 50% of all proceeds from the WeeHands At Home DVD go to the Deaf Professional Artists Network. **Oh Baby! Magazine is giving away a...

July 2, 2010 Read Blog

Signing encourages language development

I happen to have just gotten off the phone with a mom inquiring about WeeHands classes. She knows her baby is ready to start signing because her daughter is pointing to objects and looking at her parents expectantly while sometimes vocalizing. You can without doubt sign to a baby before he or she starts to use gestures and to point but these gestures are a good sign that babies are ready to express themselves through sign. A baby will...

May 28, 2010 Read Blog

Does signing with children delay speech?

No, signing will not slow down the development of speech. If you break down the way we communicate into three simple parts: 1) sign language that happens at your hands; 2) language (knowing vocabulary and how to put words together) happens at the brain; 3) while speech (the sounds you make) happens at your mouth. The motor skills needed to use signs develop before the motors skills needed for speech. If you think of the word...

March 29, 2010 Read Blog

Let’s Start with the Basics

Hi there, this is my first official post so I thought I start by covering the basics and then we can move on to the fun stuff! My name is Sara Bingham and I am the proud founder of WeeHands! Currently, we have 80+ instructors across North America teaching parents to use American Sign Language vocabulary with thier babies, toddlers and preschool children! I completed an honours Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics at the University of Ottawa,...

March 8, 2010 Read Blog

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