WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"I wasn't confident with how I was applying the massage at first, but as I saw the results, I became a believer. I decided to leave my job as a corporate classroom trainer and start my own business teaching baby massage classes." When her father-in-law gifted them a second book, Sign with Your Baby by Joseph Garcia, White was ready to try another relatively new concept. "I felt predisposed to try new things in a way that I may not have, had Rachel not been colicky." White read the book and taught herself to sign, which was not an easy task before the prevalence of YouTube videos and apps that show exactly how to make the gestures. "The difficulty in teaching myself how to sign, in addition to my background in training and my existing business, led me to approach my father-in-law, who had written the forward for Garcia's book. He agreed to reach out to Garcia and see if I could teach classes on baby sign based on his book. It worked out well, as Garcia was based on the West Coast, and I could teach on the East Coast." "It wasn't easy, however," she says. "I felt that my focus during the early years of my business was on selling the concept … and not teaching people how to actually sign. I spent time doing free lectures at book stores and parent- ing classes at places like the Framingham JCC. Times have luckily changed, and now my classes are focused on teaching how to sign." Through a grant, White provides free baby sign and massage classes at over 50 libraries, including the libraries in Wellesley and Weston. The classes are typically a six-week session where she works with the same attendees week after week on different words. She also participates in training for many preschools and day care centers, including Bright Horizons in Wellesley and Beginnings in Weston. Libraries, in particular, are interested in housing these classes because research indicates that baby sign increases early literacy. I L L U S T R A T I O N C O U R T E S Y O F D R . M I C H A E L F E T T E R S U N D E R C R E A T I V E C O M M O N L I C E N S E © 2 0 1 2 R E G E N T S O F T H E U N I V E R S I T Y O F M I C H I G A N ; B A C K G R O U N D P H O T O B Y P I X A B A Y 164 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8 family matters "baby sign increases early literacy"

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