My daughter is 20 month's old and using sign language, just wondering how many others are?

Catherine - posted on 02/26/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

29

15

1

My daughter is 20 month's old and has been learning sign language at her daycare. Just wondering how many others are at this age. So far she is really good with eat, more, please, and thank you.

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Christina - posted on 02/26/2010

56

39

7

I started teaching sign language to my daughter around 10 months & am now starting to teach it to my 10 month old son. It has come in SOOO handy & I think cut down on a lot of tantrums & made her Terrible Two's not so terrible lol.



She knows Eat, Juice, Help, Shoes, Potty, Want, & can tell me what kind of food she wants like Crackers, Bread, Cereal, Yogert, etc. I have noticed that she's using it less as she learns to say what she wants though :-(

11 Comments

View replies by

User - posted on 03/02/2010

4

6

0

I thought my son sign language when he was 9 months old (his now 2 and a half years) and he still uses it. I really agree with Christina Rankin, it cuts down on a lot of tantrums.

Julie - posted on 03/01/2010

619

35

72

My son turns two soon. He was severely speech delayed and I think the signing helped. Our developmental doc recommended not adding to his vocabulary after 6 words, but I did not limit him. I find that as he is starting to talk, he is dropping the signs ... unless he is being really emphatic, like "cookie please", which he'll sign and say at the same time:).

Amy - posted on 03/01/2010

4,793

17

376

i think my daughter skipped terrible twoes because of it. she still uses sign language at 3 yrs. if we don't know some words or actions, we look them up. then she teaches daddy when he comes home. son is 11 months old and starting to verbalize and use a couple simple signs/gestures.

Gayle - posted on 03/01/2010

1

0

0

I started taking my boy to tinytalk classes when he was four months old - it didn't really teach him anything, but taught me all I needed to know! He did his first sign at 8 months (milk) and now uses over 30 signs on a regular basis. He's now 21 months old and I think it has delayed his speech a little as he loves using his signs and only has a couple of comprehensible words at the moment. But I agree that it has probably lessened tantrums as he's able to communicate more with us when he was younger about what he wanted. We still say the word when we sign with him, so hopefully in time he'll discover his voice and will speak more - he's never been a proper babbler, but prefers to observe the world, always been a quiet thoughtful boy than a garrulous toddler! But the signing has given him an understanding of language and he puts words together to make little three-word sentences, so although he's not talking much yet, he still understands the concepts of language.

Larissa - posted on 02/28/2010

1

0

0

We got the signing time dvds from the library b/c Riley's cousin wasn't talking. ( they thought she may have selective mutism (sp?)) So we decided that if she wasn't going to talk that we could help her communicate with her cousin (along with talking.. which she does a lot) with sign. Riley can sign ball, thank you, more, eat, milk, apple, crayons, a wide variety of colors, and you know family signs. she pretty much knows a lot. I'm so happy that we decided to teach her and her cousin.. cause it really helps a lot!

Deborah - posted on 02/27/2010

18

21

0

I didn't with my son, but I am with my 14 mos old daughter. She's mastered "milk" and "more" and sometimes we get "please". It's been helpful since she's not using many verbal words.

Theresa - posted on 02/26/2010

1,310

22

236

I started eat, more, pease, milk and I love you with my daughter when she was about 8 months. She didn't start signing them back until closer to a year. She is now 17 months and still uses the signs even though she says some of the words too. I thought it really helped when she wanted something. She's a huge milk drinker. It didn't take long for her to catch on that I understood much quicker what she wanted when she signed milk, than when she whined.

Samantha - posted on 02/26/2010

29

17

5

Its actually easier for a toddler to pick up sign language faster than speech. We learn body language before we learn how to use words. My son Doni was signing from about 10 months to just recently when he really started with his sentences( he'll be 3 in May). I don't want him to lose that knowledge so every once in a while I'll ask him to sign apple or cup or please & thank you. It definately gives them a helpful alternative wa to communicate rather than screaming while we try to run down the list of things that could be wrong. Doni used to sign " diaper change". I loved that one.

Catherine - posted on 02/26/2010

29

15

1

thanks for the comment, I sure hope that will help with her terrible 2's also. We had started with the sign lanuage when she was much younger and she didn't seem to get that until just recently. This is our first child so we are kinda learning as we go.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms