Waverly Community House offers baby sign language classes

For Abington Journal | October 31st, 2015 3:33 pm

WAVERLY — The Waverly Community House will offer “Sign and Read — Baby Signing Time” classes with instructor Cheryl Mozdian, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 and running through Dec. 19 in the After School Room.

Designed to help hearing children communicate using sign language, the Sign and Read Program aims to help in developing communication skills with children. For hearing babies, its goals are to reduce tears, tantrums, and frustration; make learning to talk easier; boost self-esteem and self-confidence; stimulate intellectual development and strengthen the parent-child bond.

The classes are part of the Beginning American Sign Language Instruction for parents wishing to use ASL to communicate with their hearing child. The classes are offered on Saturday mornings over a six-week period, with 45-minute sessions that will include topics such as mealtime, manners, animals, colors and potty training. Children are welcome but not required to attend the classes.

The cost is $65 for the six-week series and includes take home materials and a Story Time DVD.

The instructor, Cheryl Mozdian, is a board certified music therapist who has completed an approved Music Therapy program. Ms. Mozdian served in the Abington Heights School District from 2001 through 2013 directing the High School Band. She most recently taught the World Drumming Program at the Scranton School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and World Music Drumming at the Comm.

For more information and a registration form, visit the Comm’s website at waverlycomm.org or call the Comm office at 570-586-8191, extension 2, and ask for LuAnn.

For Abington Journal

Information provided by the Waverly Community House.