28 Oct Hello From Sue English
For most of my adult life I’ve worked with deaf people from nursery age up to adulthood. The job entails letting a deaf person know what is being taught or being said around them. The latter is not always easy as you may have to tell a deaf person that someone in the room is talking about them which may not be appreciated by either party! The idea is to ensure the deaf person is given the same access to everything as a hearing person. Equal access. So…that was me.
I loved my job but I was planning on another baby. I loved signing but wanted a job that would fit in with a baby or let me take the baby with me. I knew I was asking the impossible but I’m no quitter!
Have you noticed how things just happen sometimes? Almost like things get moved around the universe to accommodate you? I was researching about how babies of deaf parents sign at a young age, for a course I was on. It made me wonder why all parents don’t sign with their babies. Why hadn’t I signed with mine? I had that butterfly feeling in my chest that you only get when you’re not sure if you’re excited or scared. A fight or flight kind of feeling. I knew immediately this was going to be something important. I researched and researched and found that two British women had already made this link and had found that babies who signed had increased IQ levels. Why had no one followed this up and done something about it?
You know what’s coming next. I set up my own babysign© classes and in October 2003 my new baby girl accompanied me to my first ever babysign© class. I had never been more nervous in my entire life but the class was fun and the other mums loved it. babysign© was born and now parents everywhere sign with their babies. How amazing is that!