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Sign Language Classes Help Baby Save Her Own Life

A one-year-old baby in Wales had learned some sign language when her mother took her to Tiny Talk classes to go out and meet new people. She was so intelligent that she was then able to use sign language to tell her mother she was having a serious reaction to nuts.

Georgia Knibbs only ate two bites of her mother's almond butter sandwich before becoming violently ill. She had started taking a baby sign-language class since she was five-months-old. Sandy Knibbs explained that she enrolled her child in the classes after learning she was also allergic to gluten and dairy.

Sandy said, "I was worried about her allergies but I still wanted her to go out and meet new people so I did some research and I found the Tiny Talk classes." Thankfully, those classes proved beneficial.

Sandy continued, "The next thing she had come back to me signing the hurt sign, which is a shaking of the hand as if you’ve touched something that is hot. I could see her lips had started to blister and she had blisters and hives on her hand where she had been holding the sandwich.” Sandy gave her medicine and took her straight to the hospital.

She added, “Georgia completely understands her allergies and she can attend parties and sit at a table with the other children with her special plate of food and knows she can’t have certain things as it would hurt her. She’s a very confident communicator. Signing has really given us as a family a magical window into Georgia's world. From 15 months old after outings without us she has been able to come home and sign telling us all about it; seeing fish and rabbits in the pet shop and going on the swings in the park. Signing really does empower babies."

According to its website, Tiny Talk offers over 500 classes to parents and children in the U.K. and has already taught over 7,000 families.

Photo: Caerphilly Observer, Mirror

Baby saves her own life with sign language.

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