sign language for 2 yr old????

Sonya - posted on 08/25/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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i have recently read about teaching your child sign language but my lil girl is 2 nw n is very good at talking so am thinkin maybe i have missed my chance?? i guess what i am asking is has any body else only started at 2 and had success??? thanks :D x

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Bethany - posted on 08/25/2012

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oh sure, it's great for when it's noisy or when they're a bit away from you like across a park or a party and you don't want to or you can't shout to them.



My Dad taught us the alphabet out of the back of the phonebook when I was in primary school and we still use it now and I'm in my 30s. My mum will use it to communicate to me across a party or like if she's lining up to order something and I'm at a table, she can ask me things, basic things.



You just use the sign every time you use the word, and ask your child to do the same.



I used sign with my daughter from when she could sit up, like for water/milk/juice and biscuit/cake and hungry/thirsty/all done etc. It helped so much she could always comunicate her preferences. And now if I'm across the room from my hubby at a party I can sign to him for water or a snack or whatever. It's very handy. My daughter's 3.5 now, and has spoken well from an early age, so I don't use it so much any more with her day to day.



There's no need for it if you're face to face with them really, but I know I appreciate being able to communicate across wide spaces and noisy spaces with my family, and when I meet deaf people, they and I both love being able to chat or at least acknowledge and communicate. I've come across deaf people right through my life and have always been happy to be the one who has taken the time to get to know the basics, even if most of it is finger-spelt sometimes.

Kristin - posted on 08/25/2012

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I was always under the impression that child sign language was to be taught early so as they can communicate with adults before they r able to speak. if ur child is talking now, my son is two too and he lets me know exactly what he wants, there is no need for it.

Jennifer - posted on 08/25/2012

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I haven't tried, but I'm sure she could catch on pretty quick. If you sign and say the words, she should get it. They actually say kids are easier to teach than adults, and I'm sure that goes for 2 year olds as well.

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Sonya - posted on 08/26/2012

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thanks ladies for your advise :D but what my plan is, is to learn it myself and start a baby sign group where am from as there is none here but was think would be best for me to learn and try learn my child before tryin to teach other babies :) x

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