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I take care of a few toddlers who know how to sign, and I think this is such a great thing. I was curious what books or internet sites you'd recommend to people who are interested in this.<br><br>
Did any of you teach your children to sign? At what age? Did you notice any acceleration of learning afterwards?<br><br>
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We've been signing to our 7-month-old for a couple months now, and she clearly signs back "milk," but she may just be copying our hand gestures at this point.<br><br><a href="http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/browser.htm" target="_blank">ASL Browser.</a> I reference this page the most.<br><br>
There are 2 major systems. One is Baby Signs, based on the book of the same name, and it's three quarters ASL; adults are also encourage to make up signs. The other option is to do pure ASL signs.<br><br>
I'm really looking forward to "conversing" with her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Great website. I love having a video of the sign itself, it makes it a lot easier when you can see it rather than looking at a drawing.<br><br>
Much luck with your little one learning to sign. It has to be so neat to begin communicating at a much younger age.
 

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My DD is 19 months and she knows many signs (at least 20). We started signing at 10 months. I love the Signing Time DVDS at <a href="http://www.signingtime.com" target="_blank">www.signingtime.com</a><br>
They are great for adults and kids but they are geared towards young children. I also just started taking a sign language class at the community college. It has really increased her vocabulary, helped her fine motor skills and decreased her frustration with us understanding her. I highly recommend the DVDs and working on signs together. It is so much fun! We have several other toddlers in our playgroup signing and they are so funny together. My DD and her one friend love to sign nurse (milk) at each other and then they laugh so hard like they have some inside joke. It is really funny!
 

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That's awesome. :LOL<br><br>
I never thought about the benefits of fine motor skills from signing.<br><br>
Thank you for the link to the dvds, I will check them out.
 

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We started using the book Sign With Your Baby: How to Communicate With Infants Before They Can Speak by Joseph Garcia. It's ASL-based. Once we wanted more signs than were in the book, we just went out and bought a dictionary of ASL words.<br><br>
We started signing with DD at about 6 months or so, but it took her a few months before she started signing back (I'd have to look at her baby book, which is packed in a box someplace). It was terrific in terms of allowing her to communicate what she wanted/needed (the downside was that she had the capability to sign "again" to a couple of songs that eventually drove us crazy :LOL ).<br><br>
She really did seem to take off in her learning, but she may have done that anyway... She was really interested in things like animals and colors, and having the signs for those was helpful in communicating with us. She started talking a bit late, but now (at 2 1/2) is incredibly verbal. The sign language really helped us get through the non-talking months with minimal frustration.
 

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Thank you for all of the info.<br><br>
If many other things cannot be measured by a child knowing how to sign (such as faster development in other areas) it still proves to be beneficial by cutting down on the frustration of not having any form of communication.<br><br>
This is something I will definately do with my children... whenever they may come. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I bought All the signing times dvds <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> And she's signing! Not just a little either,everything has a sign in dd's world ( 16 mo) If I can't give her a sign or she doesn't know it she's making one up.Like potato for potato chips.She'll watch the dvd's till the cows come home and carries the picture from the coloring book that I laminated for her EVERYWHERE! Wish I'd known about sign with my other children.It sure saves alot of frustration on their part and mine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Hello!! I am a baby/toddler sign language educator in may area. Check out <a href="http://www.sign2me.com" target="_blank">www.sign2me.com</a>. This website has tons of info about signing with little ones! It is based from Joseph Garcia's book--listed above--'Sign With Your Baby'. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
If you click 'classes' and then click 'KS' you will see a list of three presenters--I'm Sarah Long, and my company is called "Joyful Hands". You also will be able to see if there are any educators in your area. . . <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I am very happy to see all the interest in signing with babies lately--it is sooo good for their language developement! You could also check out the 'Signing Mammas' tribe (FYT)--we're always swapping signs/info/success stories!<br><br>
Keep signing! (Your baby is trying to tell you something!)<br><br>
Peace--<br><br>
Sar
 

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here's the Signing Mamas thread<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=269868" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=269868</a>
 

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I sign with ds (15 mo) and did the same with dd when she was a baby. I starte dwith Garcia's book "Sing with your baby". Now I use that as a reference and also have an ASL dictionary handy to look up signs when I can tell that ds needs rto communicate something, or when he has a new interest.<br><br>
He doens't use many words yet (just mama, bye-bye, done, hi/hello, and ta-da, lol!), but he has a good repetoire of signs. He uses "milk" (his first sign), "telephone" (A sign he made up himself), "eat", "all done"/"finished", "help" (I see this one at least 400 times a day, lol!), "bed"/"sleep"/"night-night", "more", "hurt"/"pain". We are working on a bunch more, that he hasn't picked up yet, but will soon I am sure. I am so glad that I started to do this with my kids. It is so wonderful to be able to converse with them before they can get those words out. Dd was an early talker, so she only signed for a little while, though to this day (she's almost 5) she will sign certain things to me or sign and speak when she wants to be really amphatic. Since ds isn't talking much yet, it's wonderful that he can taljk to me with signs. He is so much less frustrated now that he has the "help" sign under his belt!
 
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