Sign Language

Kristinia - posted on 09/28/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Does anyones child know how to do sign language or respond back to sign language?



My best friend is deaf, so we communicate through sign language.And my daughter who is 16 months, will watch our hand movements so I have started to talk and use my hands. And she has picked up on some of the things. Like no, yes, thank you, eat, stop, and a couple others. And she can even do the hand movements.



I was just wondering if anyone else has tried sign language with their child or has anything similar to this.

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Melissa - posted on 10/12/2010

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I used baby signs for both of my children after I saw what success my sister had with her youngest. My sister used ASL since she learned it in high school. I took a Gymboree class on baby signs for my first child and taught my second child myself (starting at the age of 5 months). it was great because they both were able to communicate long before talking. In fact, they both started talking sooner than most of their friends. It seemed all earlier talkers out of their friends also used signs. The most important signs we used were please, more, and all done. It's a great tool to communicate with your kids. I found with my older that the ability for us to communicate with each other led to very few tantrums and meltdowns. I'm hoping I'll be that lucky with my 17 month old. The program Gymboree used was the Baby Signs DVD set available at Babies R Us.

Amy - posted on 10/11/2010

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Yes, my daycare provider teaches sign language to all infants, typically beginning around 6 months. My daughter very early on was able to tell us if she wanted more to eat/drink and when she was done. She's now 16 months and often uses words and signs together to communicate.

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With each of our 3 kids we used a little bit of sign language - please, more, milk, eat, all done... Sometimes a sign developed on it's own - my husband kept patting his chest while saying "dada", to get our daughter to say dada. Instead of saying dada, she pats her chest.

It has been so nice to have even a small way to communicate with the kids when they're non-verbal. I say go for it!

Anita - posted on 10/09/2010

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I have used sign with all my kids..My eldest was best at it..although doesn't use it anymore, he is 7. Same with my 5 yr old. My youngest is 17mths and uses a couple of signs. the first I taught her, at 6 mths, was hungry, which took alot of confusion out of what she wanted! She has alot of words so sign has taken the back bench a little. She knows, hungry, eat, drink, bath, aeroplane, biscuit, and finished. I would like all the kids to learn some more as my 6 yr old brother uses sign to communicate and it would be good for the kids to know some so they can understand him when we visit!

Melissa - posted on 10/09/2010

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I have been signing with my son since he was 2 months old. Right around the 12 month mark he started to sign back. He could understand the signs before, but wouldn't sign. Now he can sign please, eat, more, and some other basics. I read up on it before he was born and my reasearch suggested that children who learn to sign cry less because they can get their needs met. I definitely plan on continuing it with him.

Emily - posted on 10/08/2010

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I have taught my 16mo some simple signs that I have found she's having trouble communicating to be, so that I can better understand what she wants.

Mandi - posted on 10/07/2010

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My child uses sign language. I have a home daycare and I incorporate signing during the day. It's good when they can't talk. Mine can tell me what he wants - if he's hungry, thirsty, wants 'more' or is all done. Several other things too - using manners as please and thank you as well. I think it is awesome and have read many wonderful things about signing to babies.

Kassie - posted on 10/07/2010

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yeah my oldest who is now 4 has used sign language to communicate because up till about 6 months ago didn't talk at all

Lisa - posted on 10/06/2010

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Before having my own children I worked in an infant room at a childcare center and we would teach signs to our infants. It was great because they could tell us if they wanted milk, to eat, all done, please, thank you, etc. Now with my own two children we do signs. It has helped them to communicate with us and tell us what they want. I believe it really helps with the development of speech also. My three year old loves to show her younger brother how to do the signs and ask for things. Makes them feel helpful. :)

Amber - posted on 10/05/2010

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I have used signing with my 17 month old since birth. We started with the basic "milk" when I would nurse him and he started signing "milk" at 5 months old. He says many words and phrases verbally but still uses signing along with them. I usually introduce a new sign weekly so he knows and uses many signs!

Nicole - posted on 10/04/2010

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I know at my daughters daycare they teach sign language to the 1 to 3 year olds, but before i know she did the sign for more and i was like how do you know that and said more and gave her more of what she wanted it was so nice i wish she would do it all the time!

Melissa - posted on 10/04/2010

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We started signing with my son the day he was born (singing/signing the alphabet), so he has always been very interested in signing. He is 16 months old and understands and can sign about 90 signs. I am amazed at how quickly he picks things up! I say sign all you can!!! :)

Elizabeth - posted on 10/02/2010

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We got the Baby Signing Time videos from the library and have been playing them for my son, since he was about 3 months old, he loves them. He signs Daddy, Grandpa, Hat, Milk, Water, more, eat, potty, horse, ball, shoes, car... he says very little, but he is beginning to say the word that he's signing. I'm very pleased, he was able to sign milk from about 6 months

Debbie - posted on 09/30/2010

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If she's responding to it, then go for it. It's wonderful. I'm a huge fan of signing to babies / toddlers.

I use Tiny Talk with my boys. I started teaching my first (now 3yrs 4mths) when he was 6 months, and I started techind my second (now 17mths) on the day he was born.

My 3yo was using 4 and 5 word sentences by the time he was 14mths, even though my mother insisted that I was going to delay his speech by teaching him to sign! He now speaks very fluently, and can have a very grown up conversation with us. And strangers can understand him too, so it isn't just us getting used to his speech. He still uses his signs now, but usually with words as well (unless he's tired, then he might just sign)..

My 17mth old still doesn't say much yet, and I think that's because his brother talks for him all the time (even though I try not to let him, it still happens). But when he chooses to talk, he can talk quite well, and often surprises us with the things he says. He uses his signs well though, and sometimes he even makes up his own signs if we haven't taught him a sign for what he wants to say.

I just LOVE signing with babies, and it really does make life so much easier when you can communicate with them before they can talk. Even just basic things like food, booby, more, enough, thank you, bath, shower, etc are enough to make life easier.

Good luck with it!

Julie - posted on 09/30/2010

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I'm a big fan of the Signing Time video series; we've been playing one or two a day since he was about 8 months. I believe that my DS has about 70+ signs and he's picking up more and more each day. I've got a pretty good library system, so I've been just checking them out rather than buying them all. The signing has lead to some great interactions including his recent activity of "reading" books to me with his signs. Furthermore, as a former psychology of language professor, all the studies show that signing leads to larger vocabularies at 5 years of age.

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I'm a HUGE fan of signing with babies!

My daughter had no words at 19 months. We taught her 6 signs, and a month later she was speaking in sentences. So I taught my son signs from the beginning. He's an amazing communicator! He has a pretty big vocabulary, which is a credit to sign language. He still uses signs for some things (sometimes with the word, sometimes without).

I always post this, but it's a great resource for anyone who wants to sign with their baby - it's free and has videos of the signs so you can see how to do each sign properly: http://www.aslpro.com/cgi-bin/aslpro/asl...

Rebekah - posted on 09/29/2010

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My daughter knows about 15-20 signs. It can make the toddler stage SO much easier when they are not talking yet.

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