I am Mei, a Chinese mum with an English husband, Neil. Our son Kai was born deaf and has been wearing bone conducting hearing aids since he was five weeks old. He is now three.
We have been amazed how quickly Kai has learnt to communicate through sign language, while his speech is still developing.
We wanted to share our experiences and the things we have learnt, so we have created this website. We hope it will become a hub for the communication knowledge we gain, and helps you develop your child’s language skills.
I teach every day essential, and fun seasonal signs through songs, games, stories and movement. Enjoy learning baby sign language in Mandarin and English from the convenience of your own home every Wednesday and Sunday, 10am to 10:35am (GMT) via Zoom.
“My two year old son and I enjoy this baby sign language class. A great variety of nursery rhymes in Chinese and English. We love the story time as well. I surprised myself how much sign language I’ve learnt and very proud my son has learnt the sign language for ‘more’, ‘thank you’, ‘please’, ‘train’ and much more! Highly recommended.”
– Hong, Oscar’s mum
– Ting, Ellie’s mum
“Roger loves to interact through the screen with Mei, singing different songs, learning about colours, vehicles etc, also he is well adapted to Mei’s bilingual language environment. He shows growing interest to speak in both languages, and growing focusing ability. We are very happy with Mei’s class and will continue as long as it’s available.”
– Amy, Roger’s mum
Mandarin and English
As a native Mandarin speaker I wanted to take my son to baby sign classes that used both English and Mandarin, but I couldn’t find any. Now you can!
British Sign Language
I use the signs from British Sign Language (BSL) to support spoken language. This is known as Sign Supported English (SSE), and in our case Mandarin too.
Development through singing
Singing nursery rhymes is proven to develop speech, language, reading, numeracy, memory and much more. We sing English and Chinese nursery rhymes as well as modern children’s songs.
Getting your child to participate in an action song; move to music or asking them a question stimulates their sound recognition skills. It also keeps their focus and attention.
There are many benefits to reading stories with your child. It develops vocabulary, language patterns, emotions, imagination and develops their hearing and understanding of the world around them.
When I found out my son was deaf it was a big shock. We are only at the beginning of our journey, but have had a lot of support already. If you’re in a similar position, I would love to help you and your child learn to communicate.