Does Signing with Children Delay Natural Speech and Language?

We have a great guest blog entry from Tanya with My Smart Hands Saskatoon addressing the commonly heard myth that teaching your baby, toddler, or speech delayed child baby sign language (ASL signs) will delay their verbal speech

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While at a trade show yesterday I met many families who have used sign language, were interested in taking sign language classes or my past signing families! I enjoy hearing stories about how signing has positively impacted a family and how they are able to communicate with their young children. The best feedback I received yesterday was how a family can see how their child feels empowered to be able to communicate with her parents!

However, there was many parents who expressed concern that using #ASL signs with their children may delay natural speech and language. The short answer is no! I think the confusion is due to the fact there is often confusion between  speech and language. Here is a great link explaining the difference:

http://www.playingwithwords365.com/2012/01/what-is-the-difference-between-speech-and-language/  (this blogger is a Speech and Language Pathologist).

When a child is using baby sign language (ASL signs) they are using language, and bridging the gap to meaningful communication! How wonderful is it that a non-verbal baby or a late talking toddler is able to use a true language to communicate their needs and have a sense of empowerment over their environment?

The Mayo Clinic promotes the use of Baby Sign Language stating, “Baby sign language — when babies use modified gestures from American Sign Language — can be an effective communication tool. Teaching and practicing baby sign language also can be fun and give you and your child an opportunity to bond.”

To read full article:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/expert-answers/baby-sign-language/faq-20057980

Our classes are also language rich as teach baby sign language through music, signing, movement, sensory activities. we encourage parents to constantly talk with their children while using baby sign language to support and encourage verbal English.

Please feel free to ask me any questions!

Tanya Myrfield-Wofe – BSW, RSW, Certified Baby Sign Instructor, and Parent Educator

My Smart Hands Saskatoon

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“It is vital when educating our children’s brains that we do not neglect their hearts” ~Dalai Lama

I was fortunate to be given the chance to review Boiron Coryzalia. I have an 8 month old daughter and a 2.5 year old and we do our best to use natural remedies for both of them. See my review below

Boiron Coryzalia
Cold (1 month – 6 years)
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Boiron offers a full line of homeopathic medicines for children under 6. Coryzalia relieves cold symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose and acute rhinitis in children ages 1 month and up. Available in easy-to-administer drinkable unit-doses, Coryzalia is sugar-, dye-, and preservative-free.

Why choose Coryzalia?

Parents and children alike will appreciate the ready-to-use, sterile water–based unit-doses, which are faster and easier to administer than ever. No mixing, no measuring, no fuss! And because they’re a cinch to tote, they’re a must for your travel bag as well as your home medicine cabinet.

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This review was written by Jennie Vessey, Director of Mommy Connections Saskatoon and a mother of two.

Since having children my husband and I have become very aware of the products we use and we do our best to use  natural products with both our children. Health Canada has issued a warning to parents about some over the counter cold medications – they have found very few studies that prove over-the-counter or pharmaceutical-based cough and cold products work effectively on children under 6. However Coryzalia has been approved by Health Canada for children under 6 years of age.

I was excited to receive our samples of Boiron Coryzalia. Shortly after receiving our samples my then 3 month old came down with a cold. With her being so young I was very cautious about what I wanted to give her for her symptoms.She developed a very stuffy nose and started breathing out of her mouth which was very problematic when it was time for her to nurse. She would latch out for a couple second and then would unlatch to take a breathe and then re-latch – over and over again! She wasn’t able to nurse effectively which resulted in a not so happy baby.

I gave my daughter one of the pre-packaged doses of Coryzalia in an attempt to help clear her stuffed up nose. It was very quick and easy to administer the dose. I easily twisted the cap off and then did a couple squeezes of the remedy into my daughters mouth. She is a breastfed baby and therefore often spit out anything else but to my surprise she drank the liquid with no problems and did not attempt to spit it out. My husband who had watched my daughter struggle to nurse, and who had just recently introduced to homeopathy was very skeptical – he didn’t think a small package of clear liquid would do anything for our daughter.

To his surprise and my relief within about 15 minutes of taking the remedy by daughter was able to breath out of her nose again. She attempted to nurse again and was able to do so successfully without having to struggle for air through a stuffed up nose!

Like most colds this one lasted a couple days. We used the Coryzalia remedies a couple times a day for 2 days and then once on the last day. Each time it worked great and quickly to clear her nose. The individual doses were great for throwing into the diaper bag when we were on the go and I didn’t have to worry about bring along a measuring spoon or anything.

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We have used the Coryzalia remedy with my youngest twice now and my oldest once. All 3 times it worked great for both our children. I would and have recommended Coryzalia to other parents whose children have a cold and are suffering with the symptoms.

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For More information about Coryzalia check out their website

Health Canada Concerns About Children’s Medication

 

I was fortunate to be given the chance to review both the Could b Tranquil Frog and the Alligator Twilight Buddies. I have an 8 month old who is not the best sleeper around and a 2.5 year old who is newly completely off her soother. I have been able to use both products for about a week and a half now.  See my review below

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Tranquil Frog

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Tranquil Frog is a multi-sensory plush night light, sound soother, and calming companion all in one. Based on pediatric sleep research, Tranquil Frog combines soothing sights and sounds to help your little one fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. With the touch of a button, Tranquil Frog projects a magical underwater light effect with a gentle wave motion and plays either white noise or a soft lullaby to help ease children to sleep. Turn any room into a peaceful oasis!

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This review was written by Jennie Vessey, Director of Mommy Connections Saskatoon and a mother of two.

When I heard I would be reviewing the two Cloud b products I was excited. Like many moms I’m always looking for things to help us with our bedtime routine that will help both my daughters get to sleep as quickly and painlessly as possible! My 8 month old daughter is still in our bedroom, we are in the process of transitioning her to  her crib in her own room but it hasn’t been going so well!

Once receiving the Tranquil Frog  we set it up in our room and turn it on during naps and bedtime. From the first time we turned it on Izzy was in love with the lights – she was completely mesmerized and calmed by them. One thing we are working on with her is putting her down to sleep awake so she gets used to falling asleep on her own – this wasn’t going too well! However, once we started using the Tranquil Frog this seemed to change – I was able to nurse her and lay her down awake, turn on the Tranquil Frog and leave her. She would lay and watch the lights on the ceiling and this really seemed to calm her down and help her relax and fall asleep.

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I also really like the white noise and music options – with a two year old in the house naps/bedtime can sometimes be interrupted by a not so quiet big sister. I found that by turning on the sound Izzy was able to stay asleep for longer and would not wake to the household sounds.

The Tranquil Frog is very easy to use – my 2.5 year old will sometimes set it up for Izzy at nap time. With the push of a button you can turn on the lights. The lights project a gentle wave motion on the ceiling and walls which is very calming – you can also turn the light so it does not move, but still gives the feeling of being under water. You can easily switch between the white noise and song and  I really like the adjustable volume.

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For us the Tranquil Frog worked very well with our daughter in helping her get to sleep and stay asleep – and like every mom knows the more sleep your little one can get the better!____________________________________________________________________________________________

Twilight Buddies – Alligator

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Twilight Buddies™ are ultra-cuddly friends that help ease children’s fear of the dark by projecting a starry night sky onto bedroom ceilings and walls. Hidden within the soothing starry projection are the moon and 3 constellations! Little ones find instant soothing companionship with the fun and cuddly animal collection that can travel with them wherever they go.

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This review was written by Jennie Vessey, Director of Mommy Connections Saskatoon and a mother of two.

I was excited to try out the Twilight Buddy – about a month ago we completely weaned our 2.5 year old from her soother, which she used a every nap and bedtime! Bedtime used to be fairly easy – we would do our routine and send her to bed with her soother and she would fall asleep fairly quickly and would stay in bed. Once we removed her soother she started getting up out of her bed multiple times, knocking at her door – sometimes for hours before she finally crashed. We were willing to try anything to help!

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The first night with her new Twilight Buddy we did our usual routine and then we turned on her Alligator Twilight Buddy. The Twilight Buddy has 3 different colours – either blue, green or orange – or you can have it alternate between all 3 colours. Addie’s favorite colour is orange so she asked for the stars to be orange. We then sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and I left the room. I was expecting to hear her knocking at her door within a few minutes, but to my surprise I didn’t – she stayed in bed, didn’t get up once and went to sleep quickly. I was completely amazed – it had been a month since we had such a smooth bedtime routine.  We continued to use the Twilight Buddy at bedtime and continued to get the same results.

The Twilight Buddy is very easy to use – a button to turn it on and off with and then a button for each of the 3 colours. I like how the stars will be projected for a long enough time that Addie is asleep by the time they turn off automatically – which is great as I don’t have to try and seek in and turn it off and risk waking her.

11870728_10207030316577218_3794947757039102074_nBoth Cloud b products worked very well with our children and help both of them to fall asleep quicker and easier on their own. Sleep is so important for our growing little ones and I know with our daughters you can always tell by their mood how well or not so well they slept the night before. I would definitely recommend these products to other parents.

For more information check out Cloud b’s website http://cloudb.com/Canada/ or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cloud-b-Canada/365210723669378?fref=ts

 

I was fortunate to be given the chance to review the BRICA Push to Close Extending Metal Safety Gate. I have a newly on the move 8 month old daughter and a 2.5 year old. I have been able to use the gate for a couple days now.  See my review below

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The Extending Metal Safety Gate by Munchkin has no unsightly adjustment holes along the bars, and is equipped with a unique tilting spring mechanism to reduce stress on walls every time its used. The spring mechanism allows the gate to tilt open or close, which minimizes pressure applied on walls. Handy quick-release settings allow for quick and easy removal when needed, too. Safe for use anywhere in the home (especially in the stairway), this hardware-mounted baby gate stands 30.5″ tall and fits openings 27.5″-45″ wide.

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This review was written by Jennie Vessey, Director of Mommy Connections Saskatoon and a mother of two.

I was excited to receive the BRICA gate – with an 8 month old and 2.5 year old I have used a few different gates and I’m always looking for something that is easy to use. I found that this gate was fairly easy to assemble. I liked how easy it was to set to the width of our hallway and the fact that it doesn’t have the adjustment holes along the top and bottom of the gate. It took us about 1/2 hour to get the gate assembled and mounted. The instructions were just diagrams, not written instructions, which made some steps a bit more difficult to follow, but it wasn’t too complicated.

The gate can easily be opened with one hand, which as a mom is very important as we always seem to have our hands full! The handle is easy to use for adults, but not for children, which is great as I don’t have to worry about my daughter opening it. It is also easily closed – I can ask my 2.5 year old to close it and she is able to with no problems. Another added bonus is you can choose which way the gate opens – towards you or away from you.

The gate locks securely at both the top- and the bottom, making the gate very solid – which is very important with a not so gentle toddler who likes to stand on and pull things! Unlike some gates, the BRICA does not have a bar across the bottom, that could be a potential tripping hazard, which is very important if you are wanting to mount the gate at the top of the stairs.

Overall I really like the product! We felt confident that it would keep our girls safe, which is the most important thing. I highly recommend this product to ay family looking for a gate.

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Pros:
– Easy to use, secure locking mechanism
– Can swing both in and out
– The lack of adjustment holes makes the gate more aesthetically appealing
– No bar at the bottom as a potential tripping hazard
– Gate can be adjusted to fit a variety of different sized openings

Cons:
– Instructions were sometimes hard to follow without words, just diagrams

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Sensory Bin #4

Since having my second daughter in November I have been wanting to have something quick and easy to give to my 2 year old when I’m nursing my daughter or otherwise preoccupied with something else that isn’t just turning on the TV and something that will keep her attention for longer than a minute – for those of you with a two year old I’m sure you know what I mean!

So a couple weeks ago we headed to the dollar store, on a mission to find items for our very first sensor bins. We made 4, all of which I will be sharing – this is our fourth – the gem bin

When walking through the dollar store my daughter spotted some blue and green gems that she loved so we decided to get them for the bin

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We combined the green and blue gems together in the bin

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We then added some different toys, along with a shovel. The items we included had a variety of different textures and feels.

– The gems are hard and cold

– The rubber snakes and frogs are soft and sticky

– The bears are soft and when you squeeze them red and blue lights flash inside the bears

– The eggs are light and hallow – they open up as well

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My daughter really enjoys this bin. She will open up the eggs and fill them with some gems. She likes shaking the gem filled eggs and making music. By using both green and blue gems we are able to work on colour sorting as well – separating the blue and green – or only putting the green/blue gems in the eggs. She really enjoys the bears and the lights inside of them. She also really likes the snakes and frogs – they are kind of sticky and stick to one another.

We had a great time making our 4 sensory bins – it was almost as fun making them as it is playing with them.

They are an easy activity I can grab and give to my daughter that will keep her occupied for a long time and they keep her attention, unlike some of her other toys!

Sensory Bin #3

Since having my second daughter in November I have been wanting to have something quick and easy to give to my 2 year old when I’m nursing my daughter or otherwise preoccupied with something else that isn’t just turning on the TV and something that will keep her attention for longer than a minute – for those of you with a two year old I’m sure you know what I mean!

So a couple weeks ago we headed to the dollar store, on a mission to find items for our very first sensor bins. We made 4, all of which I will be sharing – this is our third – with water beads.

For our wedding we used water beads in vases as part of the center piece. I remembered how awesome these beads were – we couldn’t help but play with them as we made our center pieces and at the wedding everyone was playing with them!

We started off with 40g of water beads and emptied them into our bin

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We then added 4 liters of water

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And then we waited for the beads to start expanding

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My daughter loved standing at the table watching the beads expand!

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It took about 5 hours but the beads eventually expanded completely.

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We purchased blue beads, they also came in a variety of other colours, including clear – where you could add your own colouring to the water and the beads would pick up the colour as they absorbed the water to expand.

Because the beads are wet to the touch we decided to make this bin our under the sea bin. We add starfish, sea shell and small, under the water themed toys.

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This is definitely my daughters favorite bin. She loves the feel of the wet beads, she enjoys listening to the ocean with the sea shells and playing with the sea animal toys. She will often take out all the shells and toys and put both hands into the beads and just move them back and forth!

Sensory Bin #2

I have already shared our rice sensory bin, here is our macaroni sensory bin

Since having my second daughter in November I have been wanting to have something quick and easy to give to my 2 year old when I’m nursing my daughter or otherwise preoccupied with something else that isn’t just turning on the TV and something that will keep her attention for longer than a minute – for those of you with a two year old I’m sure you know what I mean!

So a couple weeks ago we headed to the dollar store, on a mission to find items for our very first sensor bins. We made 4, all of which I will be sharing – here is our second one – our macaroni one.

I wanted something a bit bigger than the rice we used with our first bin but still small enough that my daughter used her fine motor skills to pick them up so we decided to use macaroni. Again, we wanted to dye the macaroni to add some colour and make it more visible. This time we decided to do red. We placed the macaroni into a pan.

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We poured a mixture of food colouring and rubbing alcohol over the macaroni

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We used rubbing alcohol because the macaroni won’t absorb it like water. If we were to use water and dye the macaroni would absorb that water as well as the dye making the macaroni wet and soft. By using rubbing alcohol the macaroni only picked up the dye, leaving the macaroni dry and perfect for a sensory bin.

And then we let it sit for 2 hours (the longer you let it sit, the more dye it will absorb – so for a lighter colour you won’t let it sit for as long (about an hour) and for a deeper colour you would let it sit for 4+ hours.

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Once the macaroni was the colour we wanted it, we drained out the rubbing alcohol and laid the macaroni out to dry

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Once the rice was dry (a couple hours) we added it to the bin

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We had enough macaroni so there was about 4 inches of macaroni along the bottom of the bin

We then added some different toys (construction themed) that my daughter can play with in the macaroni, along with a little shovel

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My daughter loves this sensory bin. She likes to fill the dump truck up with the macaroni and drive it over to unload it. My husband works on construction equipment so she finds it extra special and “works like daddy”

Since having my second daughter in November I have been wanting to have something quick and easy to give to my 2 year old when I’m nursing my daughter or otherwise preoccupied with something else that isn’t just turning on the TV and something that will keep her attention for longer than a minute – for those of you with a two year old I’m sure you know what I mean!

So a couple weeks ago we headed to the dollar store, on a mission to find items for our very first sensor bins. We made 4, all of which I will be sharing – Starting with our rice one.

Now that it is spring my daughter loves to stop and play with all the tiny rocks along the side of the road and in the parking lot – she likes to grab a handful and slowly drop them – do I thought she would love rice. We got a bag and rice and wanted to dye it so it was more visible. To dye the rice we picked a colour – purple and added it to rubbing alcoholIMG_0377We used rubbing alcohol because the rice won’t absorb it like water. If we were to use water and dye the rice would absorb that water as well as the dye making the rice wet. By using rubbing alcohol the rice only picked up the dye, leaving the rice dry and perfect for a sensory bin.

We added the bag of rice to the dye

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And then we let it sit for 2 hours (the longer you let it sit, the more dye it will absorb – so for a lighter colour you won’t let it sit for as long (about an hour) and for a deeper colour you would let it sit for 4+ hours. IMG_0386

Once the rice was the colour we wanted it, we drained out the rubbing alcohol and laid the rice out to dryIMG_0387Once the rice was dry (a couple hours) we added it to the bin

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We had enough rice so there was about 2 inches of rice along the bottom of the bin

We then added some different toys that my daughter can play with in the rice, along with a little shovel and strainer

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My daughter loves to use the shovel and bury the animals in the rice. She loves the feel of the rice and picking it up in her hands and slowing dropping it down on the animals (like she does with the small stone on the road – but this is a lot safer!)

 

 

 

I can’t believe it is already Easter – it seems to have snuck up on me this year. I love Easter – it usually marks the beginning of spring, extra time to spend with the family, usually a couple great meals and of course dyeing Easter eggs. We always love dyeing Easter Eggs at our house and it has become a tradition in our household. However, with a 2 year old it can sometimes be a bit challenging!

Here are a few tips I have found that work:

– Cover your working area in newspaper for easy clean up!

– Use a whisk – put the egg inside the whisk before putting the egg into the dye. This will keep your child’s hands clean and dye free but still allows the dye to get to the egg!

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– Use masking tape, stickers, elastic bands and other house hold items to make your design.

With this egg we loosely covered the entire egg in masking tape, so a bit of dye got in a few places, creating a tie-dye look

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Here is one we used elastic bands with

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– You can also use oil – oil will repel some of the dye. We did a light first dye (pink), covered the egg is grape seed oil (can use any type of oil you have at home) and put it in a darker colour (purple). The darker colour dyed some parts of the egg and not others

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– Make your own dye. We used water, food colouring and vinegar. You can also use Kool-Aid to get a variety of colours.

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– Use melted wax to cover parts of the egg you don’t want dyed.

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– It doesn’t have to be just dye on the egg – your child can colour the egg with crayons or markers. My daughter enjoyed dyeing the egg her favorite colour and then colouring on it with crayon. She eventually got a paint brush and painted a bit of dye on as well. The crayon will also repel any new dye the goes onto the egg – so you can colour the egg before it goes into the dye and when it comes out of the dye everything that was coloured on the egg will show up (hint: use a white crayon for this!)

– Most importantly, have fun with it!

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Our current mom and baby groups worked on a great project where each mom came up with some advice or words of wisdom for other new or soon-to-be moms.

I had no idea how this project would work out or what type of advice the moms would come up with – I was amazed by the great advice these moms came up with. These moms are truly amazing and I love seeing friendships and connections form within these groups.

Please take a minute to watch this and share it with other moms – let’s stop judging one another and start supporting each other.

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