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“Sadie is my first child and six years ago Michelle began working on baby sign with her (and me).   I had absolutely no experience with baby sign and at first it almost seemed silly to me. Michelle would have me repeat words and signs to Sadie every time she ate or wanted something.  My skepticism was fleeting; once Sadie turned six or seven months old she was starting to communicate her desires in simple signs such as MORE.  By ten months old Sadie could express more intricate feelings such as “music, please.”  Michelle not only taught Sadie how to sign for basic everyday needs – food, water, milk, play, music, dance – but she also went as far as to teach her how to be polite.  People would tell me that baby sign is going to stunt Sadie’s ability to speak. This could not be farther from the truth. Sadie was one of the first talkers amongst her playgroup and constantly awed her pediatrician with her advanced vocabulary.

Michelle is a gifted teacher; children adore her. Michelle is a lot of fun and extremely warm while at the same time she is firm with them. They do not receive their reward without putting in some work. That being said, I could not get over how easy Michelle’s techniques were to implement on my own. Every time she met with us she would expand on what we already learned.  It was very exciting because with each visit I knew I was going to receive more and more insight into my baby’s mind.  I do not have words to express how invaluable that experience was. Plus, it alleviated so much of Sadie’s frustration because I always knew what she wanted; she had a method to tell me!”

November 13, 2017

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