|SPRINGFIELD Communicating with children before they can speak will be the topic of an upcoming class offered by Baystate Medical Center's Parent Education Department entitled "Teaching Your Baby To Sign."|
The class will take place on March 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The session will take place in the North Administrative Conference Room located in the hospital's Wesson Women and Infants' Unit on 759 Chestnut St. in Springfield.
During the program, participants will learn how to communicate with their hearing baby before he or she can speak by using sign language. Research shows that when persons sign with their pre-verbal baby, the youngster may speak earlier, be less frustrated and develop a deeper parental bond.
The two-hour workshop will include history and benefits of baby signing, signing tips and techniques, baby signing categories, learning specific signs, baby signing games and activities to promote verbal language development.
The class will be taught by Sujata Rege Konowitz, a baby signing specialist.
The region's leading hospital for maternity services, Baystate Medical Center offers the most comprehensive parent education courses in the area to help educate families about pregnancy, childbirth and childcare.
The fee to attend the workshop is $30 per parent or $40 per couple.
To pre-register, call The Professionals at Baystate Health at 794-BABY or outside the Springfield calling area at 1-800-377-HEALTH.