Revolutionary “Sing and Sign” classes for babies have arrived in Milngavie

Baby Sing and Sign, Cairns Church, Milngavie'With Gil Paterson MSP are Mums Esther Henderson with Lizzie (1) and Marianne Hume with Harris (5 months)'Pic by Alan Murray 24-11-12
Baby Sing and Sign, Cairns Church, Milngavie'With Gil Paterson MSP are Mums Esther Henderson with Lizzie (1) and Marianne Hume with Harris (5 months)'Pic by Alan Murray 24-11-12

ONE-YEAR-OLD Lizzie and her mother Esther, from Milngavie, are regulars at “Sing and Sign” classes in Cairns Church, Milngavie, which are being taught by primary school teacher and experienced baby signer, Lynne McColl.

This revolutionary baby signing programme combines action songs and nursery rhymes with gestures derived from sign language so that hearing babies from as young as seven months old can communicate with their parents before they can even speak.

Teacher, Lynne, who is a mum of four from Milngavie, said: “Signing boosts babies language development and lessens frustration for both baby and parent. They don’t need to cry for what they want they can ask for what they want using a simple sign.”

Gil Paterson, MSP for Milngavie, wanted to find out more about these classes so he went along to one.

He said: “It was fascinating to see how babies can communicate through sign language and interact with deaf people at such an early age.”

And he has since submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament to increase awareness of the class.

COMMUNICATION IS KEY . . . Gil Paterson MSP with mums Esther Henderson and Lizzie and Marianne Hume with five month old Harris. (Ref: m21862a) Picture: ALAN MURRAY