Getting Started Signing with Your Baby

Communication

We all know that communication is an essential component of a child's development. Infants are able to make sense of our complex world long before they can talk. Do you wish your baby could tell you such things as "I'm hungry," "I'm thirsty," "I have an earache" before they can speak? Parents are amazed how much earlier a hearing baby can communicate with their hands using American Sign Language.

Here are some good beginning signs for you and your baby:

MILK MORE EAT
The claw hand, held on its side, squeezes into the "S" hand several times, as if milking a cow. The two "flat O" hands tap their fingertips together several times. The flat "o" hand taps the mouth several times.

First 3 Tips

  1. Make eye contact when you sign with your baby.
  2. Say the word as you make the sign.
  3. Make signing a fun part of your daily routine.

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