Stephanie Sigal Volunteers with Baby Buggy to Teach Families at the Child Center of New York to Maximize Children’s Speech and Language Skills
New York, NY – May 1, 2009 – Speech-Language Pathologist Stephanie Sigal M.A. CCC-SLP, and Baby Buggy held a Say and Play Communication Enrichment Conference on April 21, 2009 at the Child Center of New York Sonia Strumpf Clinic. The conference was arranged by Nura Poursharif, the Program Director at Baby Buggy, and Patricia Hart, the Project Director of the Child Center.
The Child Center of New York helps Queens families with children ages five and younger to better manage their lives by offering parenting guidance, counseling, home visits, day care, early intervention, vocational training and legal aid. This Say and Play lecture was provided for families with children between approximately 12 and 24 months. Specific tips were presented regarding improving communication skills while parents read books, sing, play, use sign language, and feed / eat with their child. Recommendations were made to help parents use language effectively with their child during personal daily events and routines.
“The families at the clinic were really engaged in what Ms. Sigal had to say because the information was beneficial and practical,” said Nura Poursharif, the Program Director at Baby Buggy. “Ms. Sigal has an incredibly animated personality, and she offered tips that were easy to implement. She showed the participants ways to interact with their children that are fun, and the lessons will help them bond with their children and create strong and productive long-term relationships.”
“While attending my first Baby Buggy benefit a few years ago, I wanted to be actively involved with Baby Buggy’s mission, but I couldn’t quite figure out where I would best fit in,” said Ms. Sigal. “After attending a second benefit last year, I heard a number of Baby Buggy recipients say that they wanted to be the best mothers they could be. I knew that I could help them meet that goal, because that is the foundation of my early language programs.”