First Signs

We don’t know what our baby’s first sign(s) will be…some will begin with “milk” since it’s such an immediate and constant need but not a difficult sign to produce. Others may first sign “more” or “eat,” and some wait until they can tell you about an airplane in the sky.  However it begins, look for… Continue Reading

Gender Neutral?

            “If we lack respect for one group, then there is a tendency for that attitude to spread. It becomes infectious and no one becomes safe from the ravages of prejudice.” Walter Annenberg (NYC DOE statement to support all students) With recent news, I’m reminded of the time when my older… Continue Reading

Bilingual Babies

So many people I know speak English-only, yet there are tremendous benefits of a second language – or two equal native languages. I can hardly call myself bilingual, but I do have conversational skills in two languages other than English: Spanish and American Sign Language. If I’d spent more time immersed in an environment where one… Continue Reading

Five Fun Facts for Families

  Benefits of Signing with Your Baby By Lora Heller, Founding Director, Baby Fingers LLC www.mybabyfingers.com   Sing and sign together. Music helps with memory and attention, and signs provide a means through which self-expression can develop.  Read books together while signing key words. Sign language helps with literacy attainment and growth in vocabulary. Play… Continue Reading

WINTER CLASSES

MANHATTAN UPPER WEST SIDE Prenatal Yoga Center: 251 W. 72nd St., 2F, btwn West End & Broadway www.prenatalyogacenter.com WEDNESDAYS 2:00pm WINTER: January 18 – March 8 (8 weeks) CHELSEA Kids at Work: Join us at the new KAW studio, 123 W. 20th (2nd floor/elevator), btwn 6th & 7th Aves. www.kidsatworknyc.com Thursdays 11:45am On-going AND Fridays 9:30am beginning… Continue Reading

ME-Time

When my kids were little, I was so focused on making the most of every minute with them, making up for the times I had to be at work, not wanting to miss out on a new word or a lost tooth, and truly enjoying their company…like many parents, I became so engrossed in my children’s… Continue Reading

Gratitude

Thank you for visiting us!  We are grateful for our Baby Fingers families and friends! We wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season! Celebrate with us!   In January, Baby Fingers will turn 17!! Follow us on Social Media  @mybabyfingers. We have a new Instagram page with Word of the Week Sign Videos and… Continue Reading

Should I sign with my child?

We partnered with Saywer (https://blog.hisawyer.com/blog/why-sign-with-hearing-babies-and-children) this fall to co-author this post.   At Baby Fingers we offer classes for hearing as well as Deaf families and the benefits are endless. Communication without words…. My baby might be too young for words, but this doesn’t mean she can’t communicate….Did you know that your baby can learn sign… Continue Reading

Meet our Teachers

  who are we?? We are parents and professionals in the world of arts and education – teachers of the Deaf, musicians and actors, ASL teachers, early childhood educators, ASL interpreters, music therapists, college professors and special educators.  We are Baby Fingers Teachers. Mary is a professional actor, stage combat coach, and teacher. Her parents… Continue Reading