Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Baby Sign Language & Understanding Your Toddler Workshop

10.04.2014 @ the 12th floor of Insular Bldg Makati, Baby Sign Language & Understanding Your Toddler workshop took place. 

Baby Sign Language 
This is a program designed specifically for hearing babies. It aims to provide ways on how children, 6 mos to 30mos, can communicate with their parents using baby signs. 

According to Ms Sharon Agoncillo-Galang, an independent certified instructor of the Baby Signs Program, this helps in reducing frustrations & tantrums, increasing adults' respect for babies, enriching the parent-child bond, helping babies learn to talk sooner and fostering positive emotional development. Baby signs program is based on research of Drs. Linda Acredolo & Susan Goodwyn, whom conducted over 2 decades of academic research on the use of sign language with hearing babies, funded by the National Institute of Health. 

Here are commonly used baby signs (photo credit: babysignlanguage.com) 
If you want to know more about baby signs program of Ms Sharon, please visit: 
website: www.babysignsph.wordpress.com 
fb page: www.facebook.com/BABYSIGNSPH 
email: babysignsph@gmail.com
mobile #: 09989772618  

Understanding Your Toddler 
Toddler stage (age 1-3) is the remarkable  transformation from a baby to a child. It is said to have 4 key aspects, namely: 

Physiological (physical development) 
Psychosocial (interpersonal) 
Intellectual (understanding & language) 
Moral (values) 

According to Dr. Jamie Isip-Cumpas, as a parent, there's a lot of things that you need to know, in order to have a harmonious relationship with your toddler. I am not going to discuss all of those on this post. I'll just highlight the top 3 on my list. 

Living the Moment  Toddlers live in the present and do not understand the concept of waiting. So for them not to be bored, keep them entertained. 

Control Freak  One of the struggles in handling a toddler is to prove who's the boss. Although it is obvious that we, parents, should always be in control, the challenging part is how are we going to show it to our child(ren) without them knowing? Answer: Do the two choice game

Example of which is: 
Instead of saying "Eat your veggies", try asking "Do you want to eat your carrots or potatoes?" 

This way, you let your child make a choice for him/herself but little did he/she know, you made him/her eat his/her veggies. 


Social Development  much of social behavior of a child came from imitating that of the parents and other children. Having said that, parents should be role models for their little ones, encourage them to explore their surroundings and talk about their feelings. Parents should also respond to aggressive behavior with clear reprimands. Most important, do not label your child. Calling him/her names like kulet (guilty!) or taba may have negative effect on their confidence. 


After the talk, there'd been a short raffle and I won one(set) of the 7 items being given away that day. Thank you :) 


And here's the souvenir pic of all the participants, speakers and organizers (photo credit: babysignsph fb page). 

Thank you and congratulations to Manila Workshops for a successful event. Visit their website: www.manilaworkshops.com to check on their workshops' schedule. 
Sponsors: Insular Life, Unilab, Cudsly and MommyChows. 

Disclaimer: Information stated on this post were my interpretation of what I've learned in the workshop. Although I graduated in college with a degree in Psychology, it is best to contact the person(s) mentioned, specializing in baby sign language & in handling your toddler's behavior and development, to answer all of your queries. Thank you :) 

27 comments:

  1. Workshops from Manila Workshops are really helpful in parenting and household management. Happy to learn new things from this post.

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    1. True. Thank u po :)
      Btw, I'm a fan of urs. Hihi!

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  2. What an informative session! I wish I knew about BSL when my toddler was just a baby; it would've saved us from all those crying. I'm glad he learned to talk early though!

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    1. It was.. And it's good that ur baby's able to talk early. Same case here, my daughter's super daldal :) hubby & I always talk to her, as if she's super laki na.

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  3. I'm a certified baby sign language instructor too! Way even before I got certified, I was teaching my son na and at 3 he's expressive verbally na and knows how to read on his own. Never experienced a tantrum!

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  4. there will be another session for this seminar to be held at Mothercare in BGC on the 18th. I just saw it in Mothercare's FB page :)

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    1. It's great! Join npo mommies & moms-to-be :)

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  5. I was big on sign language with my kids before. I knew about this when my eldest was still a baby. I even bought a book of early sign languages for kids. Maybe I should try that with our youngest soon.:)

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    1. Try it po.. According to ms sharon, up to 30mos (age) pwd po cya i-apply :)

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  6. I want to try this one for my future baby which we plan to have another one late next year. My Little Kulit is now turning four wala naman masyado tantrums super hyper lang :-)

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    1. Hehe! It's good po since 4 n ung panganay nyo. Pwd n sundan :)

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  7. I will love to use sign language for my future baby which we plan to have by late next year :-). My Little kulit is turning four wala naman masyado tantrums, hyper lang :-)

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  8. Naku it sure sounds very informative. Sayang I was not able to attend. Sana next time I could. :) Although wala pa naman kaming problem sa communication with my 7month old baby, because I make sure I follo her cues, iba padin pag nakapakinig ka sa experts diba? :)

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    1. Oo nmn po. Marami k po matututunan. Try it if there's one po.

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  9. Informative and helpful as well. Thank you for sharing! :)

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  10. Now I'm bothered. I read some articles from known parenting magazines na instead of asking daw, you should tell. Yup, like "eat your veggies". Kasi daw that way, you are like telling them to who sets the rules. But well, to each his own naman talaga ang parenting. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. According to Dr Jamie, kids most likely 'obey' you (parent) if they're given choices. Well, that could also depend on the situation and ur parenting skill. Me, im guilty of always telling my kid what to do. Most of the time, she's doing the opposite. Kaya I practice the 2 choice game, as quoted by doctora. So far, ok nmn :)

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  11. Very nice naman. I havent heard meron ganito dito sa Cebu. Hopefully meron ganito dito samin, very helpful :)

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    1. Sn nga po meron dyan sa inyo sa Cebu kc it's really helpful po, esp for first time moms (like me) :D

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  12. This is very informative, thanks for sharing your 'takeaways' from the workshop! I thought it was only ideal for babies around 8 months old to a year, obviously I was wrong. I'll look into this as my son is only 15 months old, it would be a great way to teach him to communicate with us while he still can't talk.

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    1. Thank u po.. Try nyo po ang baby sign language kay baby :)

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  13. I will also try to practice the 2 choice game. Thanks for sharing this mommy! :-D

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  14. i noticed that too.. when you tell kids what to do, they do the opposite.. mas peaceful kami ng daughter ko when i tried the 2 choice game. hehe!

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  15. Baby signing is so helpful! I would have loved for my son and I to learn this when he was a baby. It makes communication so much easier!

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