How To Begin Signing With Your Baby

When to start

Start with a few signs

Say the word whenever you sign

Repeat both the sign and the word often

Make signs a part of your daily routine

Getting your baby’s attention

Point to or hold the object that represents the word you are teaching

Wait for your baby to respond

Make signs on your baby’s body

Help your baby make the sign

Ask for your baby to sign

Always sign the correct sign

Signing with one hand

Share books with your baby

Recognize and respond to your baby’s signs

Above all be patient, offer a great deal of praise and make learning fun

 



How to Begin Signing with Your Baby

Signing with one hand
There will be many times during the day that you only have one free hand to use to sign with your baby. Many times you may be holding your baby at the same time that you want to show her a sign. Remember that your baby is perceptive enough to understand a sign that normally requires two hands but is made with one hand as long as you also take the time to make the same sign with two hands at other times during the day. The best time to teach your baby to sign and use both of your hands is while watching the video together.

Share books with your baby
Babies who sign at a young age show a higher level of interest in books than their non-signing peers. This is most likely because they can interact with their parents while looking at books. You can select books that include your baby's favorite objects and then offer her the sign whenever you say the word for the object. Watch your baby's eyes to see the images that she is most attracted to in the book, comment on the image, offer the sign for the image and then allow time for her to respond.

Recognize and respond to your baby's signs
Whenever your baby asks for something with a sign you should immediately reward her by fulfilling her request. If for some reason you cannot give her what she is asking for then make sure that you reward your baby in some other way and make it clear to her that you understand what she asked for.

Likewise, every time you believe that your baby is attempting to sign to you, you should reward her for her attempts. If you are not sure of the sign that she is making then you can ask her with words and signs to help you to understand better. For example, "Are you making the sign for 'shoes' or are you making the sign for 'socks'?" Remember to present the words and signs at the same time.

Above all be patient, offer a great deal of praise and make learning fun
It is important to remember that your baby is very much like you are only with fewer experiences. Your baby will learn to sign more quickly if she enjoys the process of learning and she is consistently rewarded for every attempt to communicate with you in this way. The more fun that you both have with signing together the more motivated your baby will be to want to learn more. Remember that this is not about the number of signs that your baby learns or how perfectly your baby makes signs but the ability to communicate with you before she is able to speak. Laugh, play and smile - your baby is talking to you!

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