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A series of classes and workshops for parents.
Classes at FGUMC Workplace & PlayschoolBaby Sign Language
HypnoBirthing Classes for Gentle Birthing
Infant Massage Training
Mommy & Me Classes (English & German)
More Classes & Workshops
For infants, toddlers and preschoolers
Benefits of Signing with young children (3mo-18mo)
- Reduces frustration and tantrums
- Enhances relationship with parents, caregivers, educators, volunteers
- Shows respect towards the child, and greater understanding of his/her needs.
- It’s a fun way of learning and exposes the child to more words
- Great as a bridge between two or more languages
- Because it’s a visual language, the child and parents/caregiver will be able to
- Understand easily what is needed
- Understanding emotions
- Signs, nursery rhymes, and songs soothes the child while it’s trying to deal with emotions like sadness, anger, frustration
Four important steps to remember:
- Have FUN
- Repeat, repeat, repeat
- Encourage, keep eye contact and try to read baby’s sign
- Expand your vocabulary
Why Baby Sign Language?
Baby Sign Language gives you the ability to communicate with a pre-verbal baby or toddler before they can speak. It allows a baby to show you some of the things he/she is thinking and let you share some of your thoughts with him/her. Wanting something but not being able to communicate his/her needs to you causes a lot of a pre-verbal baby/toddlers frustration. When a baby can’t communicate, he/she gets frustrated which can often lead to tantrums. This in turn can leave you frustrated, because you want to help but don’t know what to do.
When a baby can tell you when they are hungry, thirsty, need a diaper change, or are hurt, you are able to address their needs immediately. Even when you cannot help them right away, such as a baby’s leg hurting, you can soothe their pain once they’ve shown you. Most babies will invent their own “signs” to get their meaning across.
A baby may learn to wave bye-bye, for example, or point to his or her nose when it needs a wipe. How many of us for years have asked, “How big is baby?” and watched them fling up their arms in glee at the proper moment? These are symbolic gestures that are one form of communication used by pre-verbal infants and toddlers. In addition to pointing and grunting, a baby has the potential use of his hands and body to aid in communicating his thoughts, wants, fears, needs and memories.
Signing with your child eliminates frustration, as she/ he learns how to communicate with you through her/his hands and will be able to express his/ her needs to you. Signing enhances bonding between parents & children as well as sibling relationships. You and your child are participating in an active way of learning though music, visual signs and nursery rhymes. Please note that signing with children can increase self esteem and strengthens cognitive skills.
ASL is a visual language and is proven to help and expand speech/ language development.
About this class
The classes run 8 weeks and each session will be held for 45 minutes.
You will learn about 150 basic ASL signs for every day uses:
- Family signs
- Food signs
- Animal signs (find in books, zoo etc.)
- Emotional signs
- Play and toy signs
- Bedtime signs
Every week we will focus on one subject only to avoid an overwhelming feeling to everyone.
Here is a sample of what it might look like:
- Learn and sing a few songs to sign along with. (ie: twinkle, twinkle little star/ Dreamland)
- Use your own flashcards
- Read a book ( story time)
Sessions: There are 8 weekly sessions that last 60 min. each.
Dates & Times: 8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21 from 10am to 11am
Cost: $200 (includes flashcards, handouts and art & craft materials)
About the instructor
Emmy-Lou Thomas-Smith: Birth Doula/ Birth Coach, Sign Language Instructor, Infant Massage Instructor, BSW- Psychology.
For the Mother-To-Be and her Birthing Companion
Learn Relaxation Techniques so that you can give your baby a welcome that is calm, gentle, and safe.
Achieve birth fulfillment–awake and alert–in a totally relaxed state of mind and body.
What You Will Learn in HypnoBirthing® Classes
HypnoBirthing® Classes are taught in a format of five, 2 ½-hour classes. If you are very near to your birthing time, occasionally your Practitioner can make special arrangements for individual classes with you.
Unit 1 – Setting the stage
- Introduction to the remarkable HypnoBirthing® philosophy
- The History of Women and Birthing
- Why and how you can have an easier, more comfortable, and safer birthing
- How Nature perfectly designed women’s bodies to birth
- How to assist, rather than resist, your natural birthing instincts
- The vocabulary for calm and gentle birthing.
- Visualizing gentle births by viewing beautiful birthing videos
Unit 2 -Pre-birth family bonding and preparing your mind and body
- The remarkable mind of your newborn baby—Prenatal bonding techniques
- Rapid and instant self-relaxation techniques and deepening techniques
- Breathing techniques for labor and birthing
- Hypnotic relaxation and visualization
- Selecting the right care provider
- The Birth companion’s role in birthing
- Preparing your body for birthing with massage and toning
Unit 3 – Self-hypnosis visualization and advanced deepening
- Preparing Birth Preference Sheets
- Preparing the Body for Birthing
- Light Touch Labor Massage
- Your body working for and with you
- Avoiding artificial induction and achieving a natural start to labor
- Releasing negative emotions, fears and limiting thoughts.
Unit 4 – Overview and summary of childbirth
- Onset of Labor – Thinning and Opening Phase
- Birth explained simply
- Settling in at the hospital or birthing center
- Preparing for home birth – or baby’s choice of birth
- As labor moves along – passing time through labor
- Hallmarks of labor
- If labor rests or slows – Companion’s prompts and activities
- As labor advances – birthing with your baby
- Protecting the natural birthing experience
- Birth rehearsal imagery
Unit 5 – Birthing – The final act and bonding
- Moving into birthing
- Positions for descent and birthing
- Breathing baby down to birth
- Baby moves to the breast
- Family bonding with your baby
About this class
Sessions: There are 5 weekly sessions that last 2 ½ hrs each.
Dates & Times: August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 7pm to 9.30pm
Cost: $500 (includes mother & birth companion)
About the Instructor
Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Mother of 7.
Infant Massage Benefits
“When you give your baby a massage, you’re actually stimulating her central nervous system,” explains Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. “That sets off a chain reaction: It makes her brain produce more serotonin, a feel-good chemical, and less cortisol, a hormone that’s secreted in response to stress. As a result, your baby’s heart rate and breathing slow down, and she becomes more relaxed. “
Giving your infant regular massages is good for his emotional well-being too. “Affectionate touch and rhythmic movement are among the most powerful forms of communication between babies and their parents, so they’re great ways for you to bond,” says K. Mark Sossin, PhD, director of the Parent-Infant Research Nursery at Pace University, in New York City. The payoff of baby massage trickles down to parents. “It’s easy to feel helpless with a newborn, but giving him a gentle rubdown can help you feel more in control,” explains Elaine Fogel Schneider, PhD, author of Massaging Your Baby: The Joy of Touch Time. “It will help you learn how to read your baby’s signals and respond better to his unique needs.”
About this class
In this class parents, caregivers, and siblings will learn how to connect and bond with your baby and understand your baby’s needs. Early on babies develop signs/cues to communicate with you- they might get frustrated, irritated, may be in pain, have trouble sleeping, are anxious, experience digestive issues, and it can get difficult to meet their needs.
You will learn effective tools of how to read your babies signs (fussiness vs assertiveness to environment), develop techniques to calm your child down, help to find relieve in colicky babies, enhance stool process, and developing a 10-15 minutes bedtime routine to promote healthy sleep. What can be more rewarding then to bond with your baby via touch/ massage? We will discuss how to ask for your baby’s permission before applying a massage to her/him, but first we will practice without the baby. Dolls, blankets, and fragrance-free oils will be provided if parents like to practice the techniques of infant massages directly to a child who might enjoy it.
Partners and caregivers are welcome with no added fee.
*bring a towel, small pillow, and a toy/ book for your baby.
Sessions: There are 4 weekly sessions that last 60 min each.
Dates & Times: 8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21 from 9am to 10am
Cost: $145 (blankets, oil)
About the Instructor
Emmy-Lou Thomas-Smith: Birth Doula/ Birth Coach, Sign Language Instructor, Infant Massage Instructor, BSW- PsychologyPlease click on the link below to fill out the interest form.
Mommy/Daddy & Me (English)
Join us for a fun “Mommy/Daddy and Me” experience in a nurturing environment that facilitates bonding and learning. Our approach is mindful, empathic, and research-based.
Moms and dads discuss current topics of their parenthood journey, find new and supportive friendships, learn songs and play designed to nurture attachment and learning while babies receive their first social experience and strengthen their bond to the parent. Our goal is for moms and dads to leave with confidence and trust in themselves.
Mommy/Daddy & Me (German)
This is a full immersion German program. The earlier you introduce a second language to a child, the better. Especially, when wanting to raise a kid bilingual, it is in the child’s best interest to speak the minority language from the beginning, so they will acquire it instead of learn it (language acquisition is the subconscious and natural process of mastering a language through communication while language learning is the result of direct instruction in the rules of a language).
So join us for a fun “Mommy/Daddy and Me” experience in a nurturing environment that facilitates bonding and learning. Our approach is mindful, empathic, and research-based. Moms and dads discuss current topics of their parenthood journey, find new and supportive friendships, learn songs and play designed to nurture attachment and learning while babies receive their first social experience and strengthen their bond to the parent. Our goal is for moms and dads to leave with confidence and trust in themselves.
About the Class
Fridays 9 am to 10am (German)
Fridays 10:15 am to 11:15 am (English)
Dates: 8/23, 8/30, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27
We are working on scheduling classes for parents and their children.
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