Babies Learn To Sign
We wanted to be sure that babies would in fact learn to sign as a result
of watching My Baby Can TalkTM - First Signs.
Three mothers and their babies were given the video with simple instructions to
watch the video with their babies four times per week and sign whenever they
said the words from the video in the presence of their babies. One baby
was 9 months, and the other two babies were 11 months. All of the babies
began signing back to their parents within three weeks of watching the video
for the first time. One baby began signing the second time he watched the
Here are their stories.
Ramona & Ziana:
Ramona and Ziana began watching the My Baby Can TalkTM
- First Signs video when Ziana was nine months old. Within the first
week, Ziana began signing back to Ramona. Ziana's first sign was
more. The following day, Ziana made the sign for milk. Ziana
quickly added the signs for eat, cat, shoes and dog within the next couple of
weeks. For all the signs that she learned in this short period of time,
Ziana always made the first sign for each word while watching the video.
"I began watching the
My Baby Can TalkTM - First Signs video with my
daughter when she was nine months old. She took to it right away and began
signing within one week. Being able to communicate with my daughter for
her basic needs has created a very important facet to our already close
relationship. My daughter can now tell me when she is hungry, thirsty, or when
she needs more of anything. This has reduced much frustration and helped us
understand more of her needs at an important stage in her development. I
have found that using the My Baby Can Talk - First Signs video has produced
much faster results than friends who have tried to teach signing without such a
visual, organized, thought-promoting tool. Most importantly, this program makes
Ramona holds a Master of Arts degree in Communications as well as
a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential for K through 12.
Before becoming a full time mom, Ramona also worked as an Editor in education
publishing. Ramona now spends her time caring for her daughter, Ziana,
who was born in June of 2003.
||Sue & Ella:
Sue and Ella began watching the My Baby Can TalkTM
- First Signs video when Ella was eleven months old. In less than three
weeks, Ella began signing back to Sue. Ella's first sign was fish. The
following day, Ella made the signs for milk, dog and book.
"My one-year old found the video very engaging and each morning would excitedly
point towards the television waiting for the 'play' button to be pressed. It
was only a few weeks before she was signing fish. Cat, dog, car, and horse
followed soon afterwards. Once she learnt 'more', she had another way to
communicate her wishes while on the garden swing. Now, when we try and lift her
out of her swing in the garden before she's ready she'll sign 'more' for a few
more minutes of swing time.
It was exciting to see my daughter look at my hands with an understanding that
I was communicating something. Now she uses her hands frequently. It's
wonderful to have such a channel for communication. She's pleased when we show
delight in her signing and will repeat the sign over again for good measure.
The video is professionally made and clearly communicates to both baby and
adult how to sign using your hands. However, the music may be a little too
catchy as I now find myself humming it throughout the day.
My husband and I had initial reservations about placing my daughter in front of
the television almost every day for half an hour. But after several weeks of
doing so, she is still only interested in the My Baby Can TalkTM
- First Signs video and disregards everything else that's on the screen."
Sue holds a BS degree in Psychology. After receiving her
degree, Sue entered the field of media via public relations and then moved on
to video production. During her career, Sue produced both corporate
videos and commercials. Sue is now a stay at home mom and cares for her
baby, Ella, who was born in March of 2003.
||Annika & Niklas:
Annika and Niklas began watching the My Baby Can
TalkTM - First Signs video when Niklas was eleven months old.
Niklas' first sign was more and he made this sign while watching the video for
the second time. Niklas also made the sign for milk while nursing on the
same day that he communicated with his first sign. Within two weeks,
Niklas added ten more signs to his vocabulary. Once Niklas begins to
speak he will be tri-lingual as he is currently signing and learning both
English and Swedish.
"My baby Niklas and I started watching My
Baby Can TalkTM - First Signs when Niklas was
11 months old. I had heard positive feedback about the benefits from taking
sign language classes and learning programs with infants, so I was interested
in teaching Niklas to sign.
It was clear from the very
beginning that Niklas was stimulated by the video. After watching the video
twice, my baby was already signing the word 'more' to me. I was totally
astonished and thrilled. Niklas has learned to sign 16 of the 20 signs
featured in the video. He has also learned many other signs as well. Niklas'
face lights up, and he bounces with joy when he sees the introduction to the
video. Now, Niklas instantly knows to look at my hands and watch my gestures
when I am speaking to him. He loves to "talk" to me with his hands, and I love
watching the satisfaction he gains from using his newly learned form of
The My Baby Can TalkTM - First Signs video
presents useful words using ASL and the English language in a clear and
stimulating format, which facilitates both the parent and the baby's ability
and desire to want to learn. The pace of the video is proportionately
balanced to capture and hold the child's attention while not boring either the
parent or the child viewer. This is important since it is suggested that you
and your baby watch the video approximately four times a week for maximum
learning benefit. The images are colorful and fun and presented in a varied and
creative fashion. The background music is inspiring and delightful. This video
Now that he knows he can
talk with his hands and that I will understand, he has learned many more signs.
Niklas is more confident and autonomous. I feel closer to him, and I am happy
to be able to understand what he is "talking" about. This has greatly
facilitated my understanding of what his needs are, and, as a result, it has
reduced frustration linked to the communication-language barrier of this age."
Annika received a BS degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Urban
Planning. Before becoming a full time mom, Annika worked as a veterinary
technician and manager in animal hospitals. Annika now spends her time
caring for her son, Niklas, who was born in February of 2003.