Welcome to TalkFirst
TalkFirst baby signing sessions promote ALL babies’ speech and language skills!
Baby signing is an excellent way to communicate “two-way” with your baby. Studies have shown that babies have the ability to understand and communicate at around six months old, but speech is not usually developed sufficiently until at least twelve months old. Therefore, for that six month period, your baby could tell you what it needs, but can’t communicate that message. Signing helps to bridge this gap and eases frustration and tension. Signing babies have been shown to go on to speak earlier, have wider vocabularies and even higher IQ’s than non-signing babies in general!
TalkFirst is unique!
TalkFirst uses a step by step approach which helps you build up your signs and gain confidence. Each week 8 new signs are introduced around a central theme e.g. bath time, zoo animals. We play games (we love the large floaty ball!), make music (we use lots of instruments!), sing songs and use rhymes to practise our new signs. Dexter, our large signing puppet, helps us to learn and play. He has been created especially for TalkFirst and he loves babies! We celebrate what we have learnt with stickers, certificates and completing our Dexter Passports! Most of all, we have lots and lots of FUN!
There’s plenty of proof, both parental and scientific, of the benefits of baby signing for boosting early communication skills! TalkFirst baby signing helps all babies talk sooner, lead conversation, feel less frustrated, build strong foundations for early literacy, create self confidence and extend their intellectual development.
Dexter is our large signing puppet, unique to TalkFirst. Designed to appeal to young babies and children, Dexter welcomes each of the children individually to the class. He helps us to learn and practise our weekly signs and he loves to sing, play music, tell rhymes and play games. He really loves dancing too! At the end of each block of classes Dexter presents us with Dexter Certificates and stamps our Dexter Passports with his special stickers!
What is Baby Signing?
Baby signing is about good communication between you and your baby. It’s an excellent way to communicate “two-way“. From around 6 months old, babies can understand you and they are having plenty of thoughts of their own BUT they can’t tell you what those thoughts are and that’s frustrating!
Our signs are based on British Sign Language and use the wonderfully clear sign pictures produced by Cath Smith. Sign illustrations © Cath Smith 2006 (Let’s Sign Series) and reproduced exclusively for TalkFirst Baby Signing.
fingerspelt ‘M’ and tap twice
hands open and close in up and down squeezing movements.
Full/had enough food
bent hand moves up to contact underside.
fingerspelt ‘F’ taps together twice
Right flat hand taps back of left flat hand twice.
flat hands are held crossed on the chest.
Nurseries & Professionals
TalkFirst can come into your setting and deliver high quality classes for your babies and young children that will support their communication skills and language development. We also offer tailored training for the professionals working in your setting so that they can provide a sign language supported learning environment.
East Lancs & Calderdale
Hi I’m Susan, I run baby signing classes in Rossendale, Burnley, Bury, Todmorden & Hebden Bridge.
My interest in baby signing began with my own children nearly 20 years ago. I’ve found it brilliant and I love it… come to the classes and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.
I have been running classes for 15 years and have a wealth of experience in baby signing and I have CACDP level 1 & level 2 in British Sign Language.
Class numbers are limited to 15 babies per class and so pre booking is essential. Classes are weekly during term time with price reductions for your 2nd and 3rd child. Join classes anytime, and start the fun!
Hyndburn, Ribble Valley & Pendle
Hi, I’m Julia! I’m a trained Primary school teacher with a British Sign Language Level 1 qualification and experience of teaching within the Early Years Foundation Stage.
I’ve been delivering TalkFirst classes for over 3 years now – and I love it!! I believe passionately in promoting great communication skills between parents, carers and babies. I know music, rhyme and songs are an essential part of a child’s early development.
My classes also promote early social skills such as sharing and taking turns, and they are a great place to meet other parents, carers and babies too! I look forward to meeting you at one of my classes soon!