Published on September 11, 2017

Baby Sign Language Class for Ages 6 Months to 2 Years

PELLA, Iowa— Pella Regional is offering a Baby Sign Language Class for those who have or work with children ages 6 months to 2 years on Tuesday, September 19 at 7 pm. The class will be held in Conference Room A & B at Pella Regional Health Center. The instructors will Pella Regional Speech Therapists Janna Hansen-Nolin and Jackie Lowe.

The class will share the benefits of using sign or gestural communication with children. Signing is a research based way to facilitate the growth of early language skills and build the foundation for later spoken language. The instructors will demonstrate some basic functional signs and send an instructional packet home with signs that are easy to incorporate into daily routines.

“It’s not necessary to learn all of sign language,” said Jackie Lowe, speech therapist at Pella Regional. “Even learning two or three key words such as more or milk can be beneficial.”

Signs or gestures are a form of nonverbal communication or non-vocal communication in which visible bodily actions communicate particular messages either in place of, or in conjunction with, speech. Gestures include movement of the hands, face or other parts of the body.

“The gestures participants learn in the class will promote bonding as well as communication and decrease frustration with communication breakdowns,” said Janna Hansen-Nolin, speech therapist at Pella Regional.

Day care providers are welcome to the class as well as anyone who works with children of this age group or those interested in learning. Child care will not be provided. Go to to sign up.