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THE ORIGINAL SINGING HANDS CHOIR...2004

Singing Hands

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Singing Hands: Three little monkeys - with Makaton

Not quite. The saying “necessity is the mother of all invention” describes our situation perfectly. Singing Hands came about as a direct result of a life-changing experience back in 1999 when our two children were born. As we all know, becoming a parent of any child is life-changing, but you assume it will take you a new adventure where you have some vague notion of what sort of life it might entail. However, becoming a parent of a child with a disability instantly took us off on a different trajectory, to a world with which neither of us was familiar, and where we faced an uncertain future.

Not quite. The saying “necessity is the mother of all invention” describes our situation perfectly. Singing Hands came about as a direct result of a life-changing experience back in 1999 when our two children were born. As we all know, becoming a parent of any child is life-changing, but you assume it will take you a new adventure where you have some vague notion of what sort of life it might entail. However, becoming a parent of a child with a disability instantly took us off on a different trajectory, to a world with which neither of us was familiar, and where we faced an uncertain future.

Singing Hands: The Wheels on the Bus - with Makaton

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Artist: Karel Appel, Dutch (1921 - 2006)
Title: Singing Hands (Green)
Year: 1975
Medium: Silkscreen on Foil mounted to Board, signed and dated in pencil
Edition: Dedicated Proof
Size: 39.5 in. x 29.5 in. (100.33 cm x 74.93 cm)
Price: $3000

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Singing Hands: Row Your Boat - with Makaton

Not quite. The saying “necessity is the mother of all invention” describes our situation perfectly. Singing Hands came about as a direct result of a life-changing experience back in 1999 when our two children were born. As we all know, becoming a parent of any child is life-changing, but you assume it will take you a new adventure where you have some vague notion of what sort of life it might entail. However, becoming a parent of a child with a disability instantly took us off on a different trajectory, to a world with which neither of us was familiar, and where we faced an uncertain future.

Ella and Miles were due to start nursery in 2003, so from 2002 we set off on a mission to raise our community’s awareness about different ways to communicate. Our children were going into mainstream nurseries and we felt we wanted to foster an inclusive environment so that everyone around them needed to be exposed to, or using, some sign language. Fortunately, we both found nurseries that were already signing with the children in their settings and this gave us further encouragement to pursue what we were doing. We ran free drop-in sessions across the borough — at libraries, nurseries, schools, clinics — in fact, anywhere that would listen! Such was the response, we soon established our Singing Hands baby signing classes.