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A series of classes and workshops for parents.

Classes at FGUMC Workplace & Playschool

Baby Sign Language
HypnoBirthing Classes for Gentle Birthing
Infant Massage Training
Mommy & Me Classes (English & German)
More Classes & Workshops

Baby Sign Language

For infants, toddlers and preschoolers

Benefits of Signing with young children (3mo-18mo)

Four important steps to remember:

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:

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:

Bedtime Signs


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.

HypnoBirthing Classes for Gentle Birthing

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

Unit 2 -Pre-birth family bonding and preparing your mind and body

Unit 3 – Self-hypnosis visualization and advanced deepening

Unit 4 – Overview and summary of childbirth

Unit 5 – Birthing – The final act and bonding

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

Ana Marquez

Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Mother of 7.

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Infant Massage Training

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.

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Mommy & Me Classes (English & German)

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)

Cost: $100/session

Dates: 8/23, 8/30, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27

More Classes & Workshops

We are working on scheduling classes for parents and their children.

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