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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Baby Sign...links and resources!!

Baby signing is an wonderful way to communicate with your little one. You can start from birth and before too long, most babies will pick it up and "talk" to you. It can cut down on a lot of frustrations if baby can tell you what he wants. The important thing to remember is to ALWAYS speak while doing the signs. In this posting, I will give you some great sites for learning signs along with some info and even some signs so you can get started right away.

Excellent site HERE if you don't know ANY signs and if you want to learn off of the computer. It is mostly for baby sign and not complete ASL. Here is a sample:

There are also videos that show exactly how to do the signs, bigger individual pictures and a whole dictionary of signs.
This site is for DVD's! If you prefer to own and watch DVD's to learn how to sign with baby and baby can also watch with you. Here is an example:

This is a VERY popular series and can sometimes be found to check out from your local library for free.
This site is more advanced and shows tradition ASL learning and signs. Here is an example;

It contains a LOT of words, phrases, quizzes and more.

So, depending on how deep you want to go with learning, there are plenty options out there for you. Like I said, you can use the first link and get started right now.

Some signs:
Signing: The milk sign is a lot like milking a cow (or goat), but without the vertical motion – you are just squeezing the udder. You take both hands, make them into a fist, relax, and repeat.
You will notice most babies have trouble moving all fingers together at uniform speeds, but any kind of repeated squeezing and relaxing of the hand is likely milk.

Signing: To do the sign for more, flatten out your hands then bring your thumbs under to make an O shape. Then, bring your hands together and separate them repeatedly.
Your baby will often simplify more
, gleefully clapping their fists together. As they get older and more proficient, you may want to encourage the more correct form of flattening out their hands and creating the “O ” shape with their thumbs as a fun way to help them develop fine motor skills.


1 comment:

  1. I just used the main ones with my daughter. Sh began to replace the signing for words as she got older so I didn't introduce any new signs after that. Hello, Goodbye, Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, more, yes, no, stop, careful, milk, juice, nice, good, bad, cry, sleep, hurt, stinky, all done. I started doing the signs at 4 months, she understood them after a couple of weeks and started signing back shortly after that. The funny thing is that when she started walking and getting into things (abt 9-10 months) , she started making up her own signs for things that I had to learn to understand! It starts off slow, just keep at it and it'll be the coolest thing ever. It saves so much frustration. I almost wish I hadnt stopped so soon.