On Wednesday, April 9th families enrolled in the home visiting program offered through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension gathered at the office in Waldoboro to learn baby signs from Leann Sebrey, American Sign Language Instructor and author of The Parents’ Guide to Baby Signs. Sebrey has been signing since she was 6 years old because her brother was born deaf and she wanted to be able to communicate with him. She believes in teaching babies to sign because it’s a great way to bond more closely and it can reduce frustration.
According to Sebrey, a baby needs to be able to see,hear and experience signs in order to learn them. A perfect example of this happened during the group. A song playing on the CD player was perfect for learning signs because it was repetitive. A 14 month old boy in attendance began to imitate Sebrey. He was seeing her use the signs, hearing the words for the signs and he was able to experience it by using the signs himself.
Parent Educators organize monthly group activities that enrolled families are invited to and range in topics from baby signing to making homemade instruments. If you or someone you know is pregnant or has a newborn at home and would like information about the Teen and Young Parent Program of our home visiting program for families living in Knox, Lincoln or Sagadahoc counties, please call 207.594.1980 or toll-free within Maine at 877.972.5804. Enrollment takes place prenatally and up until the baby turns 3 months old.
The Teen and Young Parent Program and Parent Educators delivering home visits in Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties are proud to be affiliated with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and in pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation – including transgender status and gender expression – national origin, citizenship status, age, disability or veterans’ status in employment, education, and all other areas of the University. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.