Is anyone out there teaching their LO ASL?
Or do you want to teach your LO to sign and don't know where to start? Just ask us and join in!
So confused on where to start?
Some really great basic signs to start with are:
If you have a family pet, you could do the sign for that animal or the first letter of their name.
Confused on when to start:
Now! Your baby is a sponge and you can jump in any time!
Fun things to pass the time:
Finger spell the alphabet while singing
Finger spell your baby's name
Research on baby sign language has found that teaching baby signs improved cognitive and emotional development. Far from slowing down speech, baby sign language actually increases the rate of verbal development and at the same time increases the parent/child bond.
The most significant research was an NIH funded study comparing two groups of 11 month old babies. One group was taught baby sign language. The second group was given verbal training. Surprisingly, the signing group were more advanced talkers than the group given verbal training. The lead of the signing group continued to grow, with the signers exhibiting verbal skills 3 months ahead of the non-signers at 2 years old. Their lead seemed to shrink a little after two years old, but even at three years old
IMO, babies have their own sign language, I don't get the point in teaching it to them.
I'd rather teach them new words to speak.
No offense to you or anyone else though, but speech development is more important to me.
My sister did it with her son and he would use his own signs.
I speak and sign at the same time, and there are a ton of studies that show babies who sign have a significantly larger vocabulary than those who don't, they also talk sooner.
I'd love to. When I was pg, my aunt got a (regular) sign language book for me, so I have that to use when I want to add a new sign. I don't remember when we started, but I've continued to add signs here and there. He hasn't signed back exactly what I sign yet, but he has certain signs when he wants to be picked up, wants to eat, wants to go on the potty (or wants a new diaper).
The other signs I use most often are "play" (asking if he wants to play with his toys), "sleepy" (asking if he's sleepy), and "good morning". I should really start adding more though now that he's getting closer to the age where he might sign back. =D
that's awesome that she is signing back to you now! how exciting!
We taught out sons sign. We sign and say the words and they pick them up fast.
Words they know (age 3 and 1)
More, Milk, Open, Cookie, Door, Bear, Hug and the ABC's and colors and a few others I cant think of right now lol
oh yes, and "more", "all done", "mommy" and "daddy", I do those too.
The hardest thing I find is that I'm often holding him and it's hard to sign then. lol
Do you teach her the ASL signs or more baby specific signs?