(Closed) Sign Language for Infants

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

We used sign language with DS…. a few things anyways.

I think you can youtube for most things…

We taught him & used “thank you” “you’re welcome” “mommy” “daddy” “hungry” “more”

Basically just showing him and repeating what they meant when we’d use them was enough.

Made that pre-talking, more like babbling, stage MUCH easier. lol

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We used http://www.aslpro.com.  It has videos and sections on regular sign language and easier versions of the sign for baby.

We’ve done a lot of signs, including animals, personal relationships, action verbs, etc…  It’s made life a lot easier, even at the toddler stage!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

A friend of mine used the book “Baby Talk” by Monica Beyer and it really worked for her and her daughter. She gave it to me, and I read through it and love it. It’s really user friendly and not only teaches you the signs you need to know, but also how to introduce them to you LO. I’ll be using that.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wow! I’m not even TTC yet, but this is very interesting! I’ve never heard of babies using sign language before they talk, but it does make sense.. I think this could be an awesome way to bond with a baby, since I’m usually just staring at them awkwardly because I don’t know what they want, ahaha 😉

Do you think a future mom would appreciate it if I brought this up to her? My Future Sister-In-Law is having a son in December, and she’s pretty caught up in the baby stuff. Would this just be overwhelming and annoying?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

we used this with my little brother and it was wonderful. we would make the motion whenever we said the word aloud. he caught on just fine.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

SOOO happy to see this as a thread on here.  As a Speech-Language Pathologist I wanted to let you all know that there is a TON of research out there that supports the use of sign language in facilitating communication and stimulating language development.  I do not have a specific resource, but American Sign Language is most commonly used in the states.  Also, remember that babies/toddlers do not have the best fine motor skills, so accept approximations of the signs.  Now, let’s go learn some signs!  Smile

 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@eurekaanchovies:  Addie signed her first word, “snow,” at about 9 months.  It was so exciting! After that, I think it took her another couple weeks to sign another word, “dog,” and then she started catching on much more quickly.  🙂  Good luck!  It’s fascinating to watch our little ones learn and develop this way.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve seen an awesome DVD series. I think its We Sign or something like that…

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

This is so cool, I’d never considered it before!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I was a sign language before talking baby, my mom was deaf. And my dad said it helped A TON. Also, my niece is a sign language before talking, and the only draw back is that she doesn’t speak as well. So you have to make sure you talk to them as well. Not just sign.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I can’t help you on the resource front, but I would just love to say that like every other poster has said before me, sign language is an amazing tool before baby can talk. My parents are both deaf, it was amazing watching my youger sister and brothers communicate before their peers could. (I’m 10 and 13 years older than my siblings.) Makes life a little easier, eh? 🙂

Good luck!

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