Babies can communicate earlier than most people think, but you need to know what and how to properly teach them. A young baby’s first signs won’t look like yours; this e-book will tell why and what to look for. The book introduces the best signs to teach first, and when to teach them, but also tells the best sources to learn the signs that work for your family. Here’s a hint – it isn’t a book.
Learn how to teach yourself to do a sign, then how to teach your baby.
Sign Language can make your life and your baby’s life smoother and more pleasant months before your baby learns to use spoken words. Even a few basic signs can also be useful for years to come.
One evening in January 1993, I was holding my four month old in one arm and signed the word “eat” to him, as I had many times before. As I reached for his bottle, he opened his mouth wide and surged forward so quickly I almost dropped him. I settled him back in my arm, gave him his bottle, and watched him devoured it. There was no doubt that my four month old understood me.
Several years later, my wife, a pediatrician who knows sign language as well as a baby’s development, realized that some of our youngest baby’s movements were her signing to us even though she was only two months and a week old, too young to make proper signs and definitely younger than we thought possible for her to be signing. Once my wife showed me what to look for, even I, a lay person, could recognize our daughter’s signs.
Conventional wisdom is that parents must wait until their baby is several months old to teach them Sign Language, but I believe it is based on what researchers thought they should look for, not what babies can actually do. . .
WHAT IS COMMUNICATION?
WHAT IF I DON’T KNOW SIGN LANGUAGE?
HOW DO I TEACH MY BABY?
WHEN SHOULD I START SIGNING TO MY BABY?
WHEN DOES REAL COMMUNICATION BEGIN?
A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO A BABY’S DEVELOPMENT
CAN I MAKE UP MY OWN SIGNS?
WHICH IS BETTER, VOICE OR SIGNING?
USING SIGN LANGUAGE BEYOND BABYHOOD
HOW CAN SIGN LANGUAGE BENEFIT HEARING FAMILIES?
BASIC SIGN LANGUAGE BACKGROUND