Trying to communicate with an infant can be both fun and frustrating. A baby’s babbles, body movements and fussing can mean a number of things, so when it comes to identifying exactly what it is that a baby is trying to convey, having a structured language is extremely advantageous.
With the importance of better suiting the needs of babies in mind, the Oakland Public Library’s Diamond Branch is offering a 60-minute American Sign Language (ASL) workshop to its members. This free, Baby Sign Language Introductory Workshop will teach Oakland residents over 20 ASL signs and help them synergize ASL into activities they do throughout the day with infants. Attendees will also learn songs that can be beneficial for memorizing ASL signs and making the learning experience more enjoyable.
Parent or caregiver, this is an essential workshop for making daily routines with babies more seamless and less stressful. According to recent studies on using “symbolic gestures” with a baby, lasting positive cognitive development can be achieved leading to children who sign as babies becoming better at language development, vocabulary and problem solving in adolescence than their non-signing peers.
So whether participants decide to use this class to make life with a baby easier and more fun, or have plans to enrich their little ones’ brains at a ripe age, this workshop is certainly worth attending. Additionally, whether those considering attending have plans to use ASL with a baby or not, this workshop can also be helpful in learning the first major signs in American Sign Language and use it as a building block towards learning even more later on.
The Baby Sign Language Introductory Workshop will be held this Thursday, January 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Diamond Branch located at 3565 Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland. For more information, call (510) 482-7844.