Notification of name change on our Social Media

Notification of name change on our Social Media

Samuel Adventures becomes Samuel Signs

We have chosen to use the name Samuel Signs for our social media instead of Samuel Adventures, since our company has specifically for mission to make simplified sign language as important as learning a second language.

 

Imagine a world …

Whether you have a neurotypical child or with a communication difficulty, regardless of age and nationality, everyone could understand each other easily with simplified sign language!

 

Our goals

  • Bring children to express themselves and communicate;
  • Promoting children’s learning through the development of technology solutions with experiential, interactive and entertaining content;
  • Make this family experience fun and memorable.

 

The adventure continues

You can follow Samuel through all his adventures and learn simplified sign language while having fun!

Thanks to Life and thank you for following us!

Visit our new website: https://samuelsigns.com

 

The Samuel Signs Team

The art of getting Dad involved with his baby

The art of getting Dad involved with his baby

Our experience

André and I have been together for many years. In 2013, we had the great joy of welcoming our little boy. Ever since Samuel was born, André has had a really strong connection with him, and has always been involved in his education.

Without going into our whole life story (for the moment at least!), I’d just like to say that my husband is a loving man who is there for us and involved in every sense of the word. I have to say: the connection that developed between the two men in my life has surprised me. We could never have imagined the strength of the bond we both have with our child.

 

Dad’s involvement

I want to look into the ways in which fathers can get involved with their baby. Although this was never an issue for us, I know this isn’t always the case for every couple out there, unfortunately.

Here are a few things we’ve heard or read, here and there, from frustrated mothers:

“I feel as though I’m a single parent. And yet I have a spouse…”

“My dear husband prefers to play golf than spend time with his little boy.”

“After ten minutes, he gives our baby girl back to me and goes watching TV.”

Have you heard comments like those? Or maybe you have already experienced these situations? Are you going through this right now? What could explain this lack of interest among so many fathers?

Men are perfectly capable of getting involved with their children, so why this indifference to their own flesh and blood – THEIR own offspring?

 

The important contribution of the father

This is a complex topic and answers to this thorny question may vary a lot from one family to another.

Psychologists say that fathers play a role in opening up the world to their children (Camus, 2000). A father’s involvement is therefore very important to a very young child’s development.

So, how can “resistant” fathers be convinced to get more engaged with their baby? Let’s do a little tour of the masculine psyche.

 

Men need clear, concrete interactions

We women hear this all the time: “Be clear when you express your needs! Men won’t guess what they are! This isn’t due to a lack of love, effort or intelligence. It’s the way their brains are made. Tell them: “I feel sad and I need your affection tonight.” They will be more inclined to offer you a cuddle than if you had waited for them to guess what you want.

 

Ways to promote interaction between fathers and baby

Here are some concrete ways to stimulate the interactions between dad and his baby. Explore, test, dare!

 

1- Learn how to read the signs

Here’s the first issue when it comes to preverbal babies. They can’t talk yet! So you have to “read” them, which is a challenge for men who are not predisposed to this kind of guessing game.

Here’s one possible solution: patiently teach Dad how to interpret your baby’s cries, his facial expressions and his gestures to that he can understand the baby’s way of communicating. Be as clear as possible when you offer your observations and instructions. Encourage him to persevere.

 

2- Dads need to feel trusted

Having a new baby is stressful, particularly when it’s your first. New moms, if you feel a compelling need to oversee and control everything, it’s only normal – but RESIST that urge!

Your maternal instinct needs to include the ability to let Dad take care of your little one, even if he doesn’t do it the same way you do. Believe me, in my experience, it pays off to let your man have his own role in parenting your children!

To remain engaged, fathers need to feel trusted and allowed to take care of the baby their own way. Dads are dads – it’s normal that they hold their child and take care of him or her differently than a mother would!

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Studies have shown that fathers have a greater tendency to engage in physical games with their infants in their first year (Lamb, 1996), while moms take care of calming them down.

Other studies have shown that the confidence that spouses have in their child’s father is directly related to how motivated they are to being involved with their babies.

(Biller, 1993; Coverman, 1985; Cowan & Cowan, 1987; DeLuccie, 1995, 1996; McBride & Rane, 1998; Pasley, Futris & Skinner, 2002; Simons, Whitbek, Conger, & Melby, 1990)

 

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3- Positive reinforcement

Here’s an approach you could try. Let your husband know that you appreciate the way he takes care of your little one while doing it. Tell him that you trust him, that you have no doubt that your baby is safe with him. Thank him for the important part he is playing in your child’s care. Tell him that you appreciate that his approach is different from yours, since he is the dad. Tell him that your child has only one father, that you can’t take on that role, only he can – and that he’s doing a good job at it.

Some men might have to deal with an extreme lack of confidence in themselves, and will insist that they aren’t qualified to take care of their child. I’ve known women who left for a few hours on purpose, leaving the man to take care of the baby on his own just to break the ice and make him realize that he was perfectly capable of changing a diaper, rocking the baby to sleep, feeding him, etc.

 

4- Fathers like to be heroes

You want to get a man interested in a situation? Make him the hero. Even if, in your eyes, it’s just “normal” he changes the baby’s diaper at least once a day, tell him something like: “Darling, I really need to make a phone call right now and the baby has a dirty diaper. You would save my life if you changed it now. Can you do that for me?” And if he does it, when you’re off the phone, thank him. Next time, he will probably do it without you asking him to.

 

5- Collaboration and communication between mom and dad

It’s important to take care of your relationship. Many studies have shown that the quality of the parents’ collaboration and a healthy communication encourage fathers to be involved with their children. (Bouchard & Lee, 2000; Harris & Morgan, 1991; McBride & Mills, 1993)

 

6- Baby sign language to the rescue

From the age of six months, children aren’t speaking yet, but they can communicate through gestures with their little hands. These hand signs are concrete, clear, and can be taught to babies from the age of three months. At the age of six months, they have developed enough motor control to answer and participate in conversations.

Baby sign language let the little ones express themselves clearly without crying fits. This helps parents better understand their needs and respond to them more easily.

For the two of us, baby sign language has played an important part in our relationship with our son. For André, the idea of being able to communicate with him and knowing exactly what his needs were had motivated him to play and spend time with him. A father’s connection with his little boy or little girl can be developed easily with simple games and conversations initiated with baby signs. For me, it’s a real treat to see Samuel develop and learn while playing with us.

It was actually this experience that encouraged the two of us to invest in developing our mobile app Samuel Signs.

I encourage all mothers who would like to get their children’s fathers more involved with them to use baby signs as a family activity. If it was beneficial for us, it could work its magic for you, too!

 

 

Bibliography and references

Biller, H. B. (1993). Fathers and families: Paternal factors in child development. Westport, CT: Auborn House.

Bouchard, G., & Lee, C. M. (2000). The marital context for fathers’ involvement with their preschool children: The role of partner support. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 20 (1⁄2), 37–53.

Le Camus, J. (2000). Le vrai rôle du père. Paris: Éditions Odile Jacob.

Coverman, S. (1985). Explaining husbands’ participation in domestic labor. Sociological Quarterly, 26, 81–97.

Cowan, C. P., & Cowan, P. A. (1987). Men’s involvement in parenthood: Identifying the antecedents and understanding the barriers. In P. Bernman & F. Pedersen (Eds.), Men’s transitions to parenthood (pp.145-174). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

DeLuccie, M. F. (1995). Mothers as gatekeepers: A model of maternal mediators of father involvement. The Journal of Genetic Psychology, 156, 115–131.

DeLuccie, M. F. (1996b). Mothers: Influential agents in father-child relations. Genetic, Social and General Psychology Monographs, 122 (3), 285–307.

Harris, K. M., & Morgan, S. P. (1991). Fathers, sons, and daughters: Differential paternal involvement in parenting. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 53, 531–544.

Lamb, M. E. (Ed.) (1996). The role of the fathers in child development (3e ed.). New York, Wiley.

McBride, B. A., & Mills, G. (1993). A comparison of mothers’ and fathers’ involvement with their preschool age children. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 8, 457–477.

McBride, B. A., & Rane, T. R. (1998). Parenting alliance as a predictor of father involvement: An exploratory study. Family Relations, 47, 229–236.

Pasley, K., Futris, T. G., & Skinner, M. L. (2002). Effects of commitment and psychological centrality on fathering. Journal of Marriage and Family, 64 (1), 130–138.

Simons, R., Whitbek, L., Conger, R., & Melby, J. (1990). Husband and wife differences in determinants of parenting: A social learning and exchange model of parental behavior. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 52, 375–392.

http://www.fira.ca/cms/documents/29/Effects_of_Father_Involvement.pdf

http://www.persee.fr/doc/enfan_0013-7545_1997_num_50_3_3068

Mobile app: Samuel at the beach

Mobile app: Samuel at the beach

Samuel at the Beach is an interactive mobile application for learning simplified sign language.

Samuel at the beach is available in three languages: French, English and Spanish. It contains an animated short film of Samuel’s adventures, songscatalog of 100 signs and an interactive game.

Samuel at the beach app is available on App Store and on Google Play.

 

Menu : options selection

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On the menu, you find 6 different sections: Signs, Quiz, Video, Flashcard, Store and Settings. Here is each one of them, presented, detailed and explained.

 

1- Signs: learning the 100 signs

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In this section, you find a bank of 100 signs presented by Samuel, your avatar friend in 3D drawing. It executes your chosen sign in the language of your choice. Have fun making Samuel laugh by tickling his belly!

 

Selection of 100 Signs to choose from

Category: This section offers 9 categories of signs, Action, Adjective, Animals, Communication, Emotions, Environment, Family, Food and Object.

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Index: The signs are listed in alphabetical order in this section:

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Random: Here, you let the application randomly choose the selection of words.

Favorites: The application Samuel at the beach allows you to determine which word to learn by placing them yourself in your Favorites:

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In the Category and Index sections, you can, as you wish, have more or less detail by pressing the +/- button.

 

How to navigate

  • Choose your word from the Category, Index, Random or Favorites in the selection menu.
  • Samuel makes the sign.
  • To redo the sign, press the arrows in circles.
  • Add the word to your favorites by pressing the star.
  • Change language by pressing the bubble that indicates the current language (fr, en, es)
  • To change the word, press the icon of the current word to the left.
  • Use the volume of your phone to hear Samuel’s voice.

 

How to exit the Signs board

  • Press the word Quiz to return directly to the quiz;
  • Press the word Menu return to the main menu.

 

2- Quiz : learning evaluation

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In this section, have fun with Samuel testing your knowledge, by yourself or with your friends.

 

Choices of signs selection

  • By choosing the Random way, all 100 words are part of the quiz.
  • By selecting Favorites, only the words that you have already selected in your favorites are included in the quiz.

 

How to navigate and play

  • Choose your words, either by default, which is the Random mode, or by your Favorites by pressing the star. The Favorites option only gives you the signs that you have already added to your Favorites.
  • Press Play
  • Samuel then makes the sign and you must choose your answer by pressing the icon corresponding to the sign.
  • If the icon map lights up green, you have found the right sign. If the chosen icon is grey, you have made a mistake.
  • The Press replay option allows Samuel to repeat the same sign and allows you to select a new answer.
  • There are 5 questions per quiz, and you can track your performance in the table at the top of the icons.
  • At the end of the quiz, Samuel encourages you and you can start again by pressing Play.
  • Use the volume of your phone to hear Samuel’s voice.

 

How to exit the Quiz board

  • Press the word Signs to return directly to the signs;
  • Press the word Menu to return to the main menu.

 

3- Video : Samuel’s adventure at the beach

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In this section, have fun watching Samuel in a great adventure with his friends at the beach and see how simplified sign language can be used in your daily life.

 

Choices of video selection

  • Have a sneak peak of the video by pressing Preview listed on the board.
  • Look at Samuel’s episode at the beach full version by pressing Episode 1 listed on the board.

 

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How to navigate and watch

  • Press the left or right arrows to move forward or backward.
  • Press the house at the bottom left to return to the main menu.
  • Change the language of the video in the settings (see instruction in the Settings section).
  • Use the volume of your phone to hear the sound of Samuel’s adventure at the beach video.

 

How to exit the Video board

Press the word Menu to return to the main menu.

 

4- Flashcards and Augmented Reality

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In this section, you learn with Samuel by having him close to you, at home, thanks to Augmented Reality!

Samuel teaches simplified sign language in 3 languages to babies ,toddlers and children so we can communicate with them even before they can speak.

Choices of signs selection

  • Download a free card and print it at home to test the Augmented Reality with this one sign here. Make sure to select the Free Digital Sign Card in the dropdown menu;
  • Buy the cards in 1,2,3 or 4 packs of 25 sign cards each, or get the box of 100 sign cards at different points of sale or at our online store by clicking here.

 

How to navigate and use the Augmented Reality

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  • Press Flashcards in the menu
  • Choose your sign card (from your flashcard pack, the box or your downloaded digital card)
  • Turn the card to the side of the icon
  • Aim the card with your phone’s camera
  • Put the card in the center of the rectangle that appears on your phone screen
  • Samuel then appears in your home!
  • Press the triangle so that Samuel makes the sign
  • Switch cards to see another sign
  • Option 1: enlarge Samuel with the green circle at the bottom by pushing him to the right
  • Option 2: press on the round face at the top left to see Samuel up front
  • Use the volume of your phone to hear Samuel’s voice

 

How to exit the Flashcards board

Press the word Menu to return to the main menu.

 

5- Shop for in app-purchases

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The Samuel at the beach app comes preloaded with 5 free signs. Looking for more words? You can customize the app with more signs and different languages.

 

How to navigate

  • There is parental control (mathematical question) before accessing the options .
  • The description of each option is visible when pressed.

 

Available in-app purchases options

  • Application (Samuel at the beach includes 25 theme words with a language)
  • Catalogue (75 basic words)
  • Language (French, English and Spanish)
  • Combo 1 (application + one additional language)
  • Combo 2 (application + two additional languages)
  • Combo 3 (application + 75 basic words)
  • Combo 4 (application + 75 basic words + one additional language)
  • Combo 5 (application + 75 basic words + two additional languages)

 

How to exit the Shop board

Press the word Menu to return to the main menu.

 

6- Settings: how to change them

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In this section, you can change several application settings.

 

Settings options

  • Choose the language of the application (if you have purchased this option) by pressing the bubble (fr) (en) or (es).
  • Music: allows you to lower or increase the application’s background music.
  • You can authorize notifications by checking the box to receive update notices or other information about the application.
  • Evaluate the application: this section is for you rate the application.
  • The terms of use: here you find in detail all the conditions you agree to when using Samuel at the beach mobile application.
  • The credits: you find here the list of people who created this application.

 

How to exit the Settings board

Press the word Menu to return to the main menu.

 

 

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Learn with Samuel, your best learning buddy!

The whole family plays with baby during the holidays

The whole family plays with baby during the holidays

Ahhhhhhhh! The holidays! A time of celebration, or… stress? What is it to you? Me: both. I love seeing the family and sharing hearty meals. But I don’t like the shopping part, gift wrapping, cooking, cleaning, etc. The overload of things to do is exhausting.

Is this your little one’s first Christmas? Getting a baby out of routine can sometimes be a source of stress. But, good news! You won’t be alone in taking care your child. As long as you are open to the idea of sharing, your toddler will probably be the family’s favourite! Take the opportunity to have a glass of red wine, well seated in the sofa, while aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces entertain your offspring.

 

Games that cost nothing and are everywhere

I suggest you not to buy anything for your child this year. She or he is still too small to make a fuss about it (take advantage of it!), and it makes you one less puzzle on your gift list. Let others spoil him. Instead, make sure you provide the family with everyday objects that entertain your toddler: Tupperware dishes, cardboard boxes or remaining gift-wrapping paper can also be very enjoyable.

Are you going on a visit? Bring his favorite doggie and cuddly toy. For the rest, you can improvise with what you will find on the spot. And all the gifts s/he’ll receive!

 

How to involve the whole family?

Here are some tips:

 

1- The rolling fire

Put the child on the carpet among the family members sitting in the living room. Throw a stuffed ball at someone sitting on the sofa. It is up to this person to get down on the floor and invent a game to interest the little one. When the toddler shows a sign of boredom, this person throws the ball to someone else, who then goes on to entertain the child. And so on. Until your baby is ready for a nap, which shouldn’t be long now, with all this stimulation!

One of the advantages of this game is that it allows everyone to stay interested. Babies and adults included! Very young children tend not to want to keep their attention on the same game for long. By changing partners and styles, you keep the toddler’s interest, and you don’t exhaust anyone trying to be creative for 30 minutes…

Depending on your child’s age, here are some game ideas that could be tried by different guests:

“I’m going to catch you!”

“I’m hiding behind the sofa! Hello!”

Playing ball

The cries of the animals

Dancing

Putting small objects in a Tupperware

Hiding objects in a bag, taking them out

Puppets with mittens or socks

Tie an object to the end of a rope or shoelace so the child can grasp it

Tumbling, tickling

Make a cabin under a chair, with cushions, or its cuddly toy

Etc.

 

2- In the kitchen

It is well known: family parties often end up in the kitchen. In order to keep your little one in the action, provide him or her with a homemade clay with flour, water and salt. Or have her/him painted with jello or pudding.

A little more cleaning to do in the kitchen, or a little less, won’t change much… Put your little cousin to work!

Or the famous spoon game, baby sign version! We spread a few spoons on the table. We ask the baby which spoon s/he wants to eat first. He points at a spoon. “Ah! That’s the spoon for Grandma! “And we make the sign “grandma”. The next spoon is for her sister Sophie. And we make the sign “sister”. And so on. After a while, with repetition, the child will be able to wave at the family member of the spoon he wants to eat!

 

3- The baby sign game

Teach your family members the most commonly used or current signs depending on the situation. For example: “again”, or “finished”, “play”, “hide”, “dance”, “music”, “happy”, “light”. This way, you will involve everyone to help your child learn the signs.

You could give a sign to each adult present. His or her mission would be to do this sign to the child when s/he is in interaction with the toddler.

If your child has already started to communicate using signs, it will be even more interesting!

With the Samuel Signs application, you can easily encourage even more your family to participate.  Invite them to download the app to their phones. They will be able explore the signs, even if you are not around! (Your “vino tinto” moment on the sofa is sacred, isn’t it?)

 

And what are your ideas?

Have you had any interesting experience of family contribution playing with a small child during the holidays? Do you have any suggestion of a game with baby signs?

We would be interested to hear your testimonials in the comments!

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