I took Griffin to his first Sing and Sign class with Layla. It was a success. I definitely learned more than Griffin did. G was a bit fussy because it was during his normal nap time; however, he was still pretty good considering he was really tired. He slept well on our way home.
Griffin was the youngest kid there. There were eight kids there, age ranged between six months to 22 months. Layla was a really good teacher, so all the kids were listening and copying the signs Layla was demonstrating. An hour went by very quickly.
The signs were a really good review for me. Anya used to take Serena to the same class with Layla when S was about eight months, and I would learn signs from them when they came back from the class. It was a big payoff for Serena to communicate with us. These signs later were useful to transit from gestural to verbal communication when she was ready to speak. I think she was considered an early talker too. We are hoping this Sing and Sign class can be helpful to Griffin as well.
I found Layla’s website and she provides some helpful tips here: http://www.babysignswithlayla.com/benefits.html