Baby Sign Language For The Playground

As the weather becomes milder opportunities to do outdoor activities will certainly increase. For those of you entering the toddler stage it will be your very first opportunity to improve motor skills and enhance social skills by interacting at your local playground.

 

Now that your baby has mastered need-based signs such as milk, more, mom & dad we can begin to focus on expanding their baby sign language vocabulary as they become familiar with new objects and new settings.

In addition to new words it is important that we work on developing values and teaching manners. A social context such as the playground provides an excellent backdrop to help our toddlers become familiar with concepts such as sharing, taking turns, asking politely and apologizing.

Before you head out to the playground we encourage you to work on learning the following playground-friendly baby signs:

Swing

Slide

Playground

Outside

Run

Play

Shoes

Share

Friends

Game

Hurt

We know these signs will be super useful and extra fun. Before you head to the playground make sure you have applied sunscreen and bring along some water and snacks.

We can’t wait to see the videos of your little ones using baby sign language in the playground

Beyond Shyness – This is How Baby Sign Language Can Help You Overcome Toddler Social Anxiety

It is surprising how early in life we begin to show personality traits. Some of us are exuberant, others gentle and a few of us are shy. Unfortunately sometimes what we perceive as shyness is simply the very first symptoms of social anxiety. Among other behaviors toddlers with social anxiety exhibit some of the following:

  • Will not eat outside the home
  • Will not potty outside the home
  • Is verbal at home but has a hard time engaging with new people
  • Does not play with other toddlers but plays with siblings
  • Will not communicate needs or wants when placed in crowded settings or outside the home.

If you are facing these challenges with your toddler you may want to consider baby sign language as a means of assistive communication even when your baby is already verbal. You see, for those with anxiety it is always easier to mimic a movement than to use their voices. Quiet interactions can help your child overcome social barriers and eventually serve as the tool that facilitates engagement. This is particularly useful if you are attempting to incorporate your kid into a daycare setting and you are having issues related to stress induced by social contexts.

Work on Signs That Help Your Child Overcome Difficult Situations

If your little one is refusing to eat outside the home teach him a few signs to express preferences. More, all-done, hot, cold and their favorite foods are the best choices to get started.

Teach and Use a Sign For Comfort & Affirmation

Believe me you will need it for years to come. My friend Kathy tells me that even now that her boy is in 1st grade she uses the sign for I love you to convey affection without embarrassing him in public settings.

Communicate With Your Daycare Provider

It is essential that your daycare provider is on the same page and understands sign language. Setting the stage for your child to have easy access to their caregivers when in need of something basic will without a doubt help in making him or her feel secure.

If you have not yet started teaching your baby how to sign we invite you to take a look at our free resources or consider adding our award-winning baby sign language kits to your personal parenting library. You can find our baby sign language kits here.

 

Don’t Let a Speech Delay Sentence Your Baby to a Communication Delay. Baby Sign Language Can Breach The Gap

I belong to one of those locally based Facebook mommy pages; chances are you do too. In the last few weeks I have noticed an increase in questions regarding speech delays and denials from the school district to provide early intervention. Here in my town this is the time of the year when the school district tests little ones under three that may need supplemental therapy paid for and provided by the district.

Speech Delays Are Not Necessarily Learning Delays

The number of denials are heartbreaking, but the reasoning behind some denials absolutely makes sense. You see, many of these little ones are incredibly smart and seem to be engaged in age-appropriate activities and interactions at all levels except speech. According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) one out of every 12 children 3 to 17 suffers from some sort of disorder related to voice, speech, language or swallowing. There is a good probability you know someone with a lisp or you are currently trying to figure out why one of your kiddos is having a hard time sounding out certain consonants. The reality is that in most cases a language delay is not necessarily an intellectual delay. To this end, it is essential that you as a parent empower your little one with tools that provide transitional access to communication to better equip them to continue learning while they tackle their delays through therapy and training.

Empower Your Child With Communication Tools That Matter

If your child is of typical intelligence and he is unable to communicate specific needs due to a speech delay you are setting the stage for a very frustrated baby. Work around the problem through the use of baby sign language or board-based communication. Many parents are hesitant thinking that by giving their kids a way to communicate their will further delay speech. The reality is that your kiddo wants to speak as much as you want them to speak. When they are ready and the therapist has worked through the barriers that are hindering their speech your baby will talk. Meanwhile do what you have to do to ensure he or she feels like there is a connection that allows him to have their needs met.

Give Your Toddler Signs That Matter

When a baby is showing potential speech delays it is not a time for fun and games. Be intentional about the signs that you teach him to ensure you are not neglecting a basic need. Take time to teach your toddler emotional signs that will allow him to reach out for help. Scared, sad, happy or lonely should be introduced early one. Teaching this signs in tandem with signs for the basics such as food and warmth will better equip your little one to help you give him a happy and healthy life.

 

Team Up With Your Speech Therapist

Don’t try to do this alone. Take time to chat with your speech therapist and have them help you put together a plan that helps your baby communicate as early as possible while still working on verbal skills. There are many tricks of the trade, games and educational activities that can accelerate learning and get your little one where he needs to be as soon as possible.

 

Don’t delay your baby’s path to communication any further. Get started with your kit today. Our premium kit has everything you need to support a baby sign language curriculum from birth to preschool. You can browse through our kit by visiting our Baby Sign Language Store

 

Learn How Baby Sign Language Improves the Learning & Social Dynamics at Daycare

 

We frequently receive correspondence from early child development professionals looking for ways to introduce babies to baby sign language in the classroom environment. We have received numerous reports from educators around the globe highlighting how baby sign language has been helpful in their classrooms and play groups. Based on the feedback we have received we want to share with you a few of the ways in which learning signs is proving to be helpful for babies, toddlers and preschoolers attending daycare, early childhood intervention and Head Start Programs.

Baby Sign Language Provides Consistent Communication Skills Across Many Backgrounds

Whether a child comes from a different ethnic background or a household with different cultural nuances once a little one makes it to daycare the need to have common means of communication becomes essential to their emotional health and academic progress. By using baby sign language in the classroom both the educator and child can make the connection between words and concepts. For the non-native English speaker knowing the sign for nap will help him or her connect the dots between the action and the word they hear at home. Similarly babies will be able to overcome regional differences and learn synonyms such as binkie or pacifier.

Baby Sign Language Empowers Babies at an Early Stage in Life to Convey Basic Needs

Both at home and at daycare one of the most important reasons to introduce babies to baby sign language is empowerment. A baby who is able to effectively communicate primal needs such as hunger or thirst will be a happier baby with far less chances of resorting to tears or tantrums to convey their frustration. Imagine how impactful it can be if by signing you reduce tantrums in the classroom by at least half. Now you will have more time to teach, love and create memories with the little ones.

Baby Sign Language is Helpful in the Development of Motor Skills

Non-verbals are as important as words when it comes to communication skills. By reinforcing speech with signs not only do we equip toddlers to have clarity in conveying ideas, we also provide them with the means to refine their motor skills and make gestural associations between word and movement. One of the most effective ways to maximize motor skills development through baby sign language is by using key signs in combination with simple songs that highlight age-appropriate activities pointing to self-reliance.

Baby Sign Language Reduces Distractions During Learning Units

Keeping order in the classroom and having the ability to engage the group in activities conducive to learning is essential. Baby Sign Language can give toddlers the means to communicate urgent needs such as potty or thirsty without raising their voice or distracting the rest of the group. This is specially useful during reading circle or group play.

Baby Sign Language Aids in the Development of Social Skills with Peers

There is nothing more frustrating to a little one than wanting to communicate something to a peer and failing due to lack of appropriate words. Baby sign language creates a common language among your students allowing them to better engage with others in play and cooperation. Concepts such as share, mine, more and thanks can make a world of difference on how little ones engage with each other.

 

If you are a teacher, caregiver or preschool administrator consider our Baby Sign Language Teaching Guide. The guide contains advanced teaching methods suitable for the classroom. In tandem with our core signs Flash Card Set you can begin introducing babies & toddlers in your classroom to the world of signing.

Five Sign-Learning Activities To Do With Baby This Summer

 

You got the kit, you got the time and you got a baby eager to learn and discover. The first summer with a toddler can set the stage for a lifetime of learning based on exploration. Get your stroller out, put some sunscreen on and let’s do some summer baby sign language activities.

Head to a Pick-Your-Own Farm

If your little one is now walking a pick your own farm is one of the best adventures ever. Pick a fruit that is reachable by little hands such as strawberries or grapes and take time to prepare by selecting five or ten signs relevant to the outdoor experience. One of my favorite things to teach when visiting a farm is flavors, textures and colors. With berries we explored the signs for sweet and sour and we learned colors such as red and green. We also included the sign for basket and we practiced the sign for more.

Host a Garden Tea Party

This is a great morning activity when you are lucky enough to have a large tree providing shade. It is also a lovely opportunity to take beautiful pictures of your little ones. Get the teddy bear and doll out, set up a few cups, make or buy a cake and consider playing dress up and wearing a hat. Sign in context and have your little one practice the signs for things like table and chair.

Head to the Playground

If you want to have loads and loads of fun with your baby there is nothing more fun than the playground. Along with meeting other little ones the playground provides endless opportunities to refine motor skills and burn some energy. It is in this context that I have found baby sign language to be the most useful. Being able to give an instruction to my little one when he is not within arm’s reach is the best gift ever. When heading to the playground take time to practice words such as slide, swing and run.

Have a Picnic With Favorite Foods

This ranks really high in my book. Through summer indoor and outdoor picnics we have had the opportunity to learn and discover new foods and flavors. Get a hold of little bento boxes and have fun helping your baby explore their taste preferences. Their faces when they first experience a flavor is something to behold. Our flashcard kit contains at least 20 food signs that are ready to use.

Have Some Screen Time

If the day is super hot it is best to stay indoors. We are not huge fans of excessive screen time but a good 30 minutes of sing-along using the Baby Signing Time DVDs may just be the break you need to get things done in the house. Exposing your baby to rhythm and music at an early age can make a world of difference in their ability to memorize words and repeat new words.

 

Happy Summer!

Five Ways Baby Sign Language is Helping Babies Deal With Anxiety & Fear

 

“Anxiety is rooted in uncertainty; empowering a baby to communicate basic needs

is the key to a less anxious and more content little one.” 

Let’s talk baby anxiety. One of the most commonly voiced concerns from parents is knowing how to meet and understand the needs of their babies. The earlier a parent learns to recognize and address specific needs and wants the better it will be for everyone involved. During the first six months every mom and dad makes a concerted effort to identify general needs for food, warmth and security. But even when a parent invests a great deal of time and personal attention with baby it is not uncommon to face a tantrum or a frustrated child who is unable to voice their true needs.

Teaching our babies how to sign will give them the communication tools needed for the pre-verbal stage. During the pre-verbal stage babies are not anatomically or intellectually ready for speech but are able to understand concepts. Language development begins during the neonatal stage but most little ones don’t begin speaking until age one to two. Let’s take a look at five common situations where having mastered basic baby signs will make a world of difference.

Nourishment

When we developed our introductory guide to baby sign language we asked many friends and everyone agreed that hunger and thirst are the most common reasons for a frustrated baby. In fact, if there is one sign you want to teach your baby first, it is the sign for milk. For some parents this is done in the context of lactation, for others the sign is introduced as soon as the baby begins to take formula.

Environmental Comfort

We loved introducing our babies to signs related to environmental comfort. Cold and hot were part of our ten first signs. We reinforce the signs by signing cold when we are about to go outside and signing hot when our babies get sweaty and we are about to remove their layers. We also use games of contrast by putting a couple of bowls with iced water and warm water.

Emotional Needs

We firmly believe that affection and attention are as important as food. To help our babies communicate emotional needs we incorporated signs like hug and scared. We also taught our kids to sign when they wanted to be picked up.

Recreation & Exploration

Every baby is unique and they will form unique interests based on their personality. When babies become bored it is not uncommon to see expressions of frustration and anxiety through crying. To help your baby further explore his interests consider teaching signs for objects and locations that bring your baby joy and satisfaction. We were quick to introduce the signs for playground, bear (for a favorite teddy) and outside. It is beautiful to see our little ones sign to let us know their specific desire to engage with a particular toy or head to a certain setting like the park.

Favorite People

We can’t emphasize this enough. Knowing the signs that identify those that mean the most to our babies will totally change their communication dynamic. Signs like mom, dad, grandma and nanny can allow your baby to quickly access the person they need the most.

 

If you have not yet started to sign with your baby we invite you to take a look at our quick start guide. Thousands of parents around the world have benefited from sign language. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to give your baby an edge.

 

Ten Things You Can Do To Help Your Child Who Has Been Diagnosed With Apraxia of Speech

If you are reading this chances are you have entered a journey of discovery and learning after your child has finally received an accurate diagnostic addressing speech delays, specifically expressive skills. One of the best news about a diagnosis of apraxia is that your child’s receptive language skills are likely to be typical. Your child therefore understands at the level of peers their age. With this in mind let’s explore ten specific things you can do to assist your child in overcoming communication barriers.

Don’t Dismiss Their Ability to Comprehend Language

It is really tempting to disregard our child’s ability to comprehend when they are unable to express all that they feel, see and need. As a parent you need to constantly remind yourself that Apraxia is a motor disorder totally unrelated to your child’s intelligence and maturity. Take time to engage in age- appropriate conversations with your little one even when he is not quite able to respond. By doing so, you create opportunities for learning and bonding that will set the foundation needed for effective therapy.

Partner With a Speech Pathologist Who is Willing to Take Multiple Approaches

Each child is unique in the way they respond to therapy. When you are facing a diagnosis of apraxia it is important that your therapist is open to try multiple approaches to allow your little one the best opportunity to overcome their communication barriers. Generally, the most successful therapists are those that are open to experimentation with the end goal of finding just the right combination of approaches to help your child unlock their full potential.

Find Support in Community

Both for your sake and for the sake of your child it is essential that you connect with other parents in the same journey. Having opportunities to engage will let you compare notes while allowing your child to find a social setting of full acceptance where other tools of communication can replace speech and allow for a fully immersive social experience.

Visual, Tactile and Kinesthetic Queuing Are Essential

Overcoming apraxia is all about teaching the brain to make motor connections. Providing feedback that is visual, tactile and kinesthetic is central to helping your little one fully grasp concepts and movements that will allow them to make the appropriate string of sounds. When you speak face them directly, give them a chance to touch your throat and lips when you enunciate a word and teach them to feel their lips as they form new words. Similarly, you can guide their lips with your mouth into shapes that help form certain sounds.

Create Meaningful Routines Aimed at Meeting Basic Needs

Inability to convey a need does not diminish the importance of said need. As a parent of a child with Apraxia you need to consider how communication empowers us in securing basic needs. To minimize frustration you would do well to provide basic routines that give your child access to food, rest, and hygiene on a regular basis without forcing him or her to communicate the immediacy of their need. In doing so, you reduce their stress level allowing for moments of calm that are conducive to learning.

Use Music, Rhythm and Melody

The parts of our brain used for music are different than those used for speech. Because of this, many patients with Parkinson’s observe significant improvement when singing versus speaking. Little patients with apraxia can use music therapy to help them bypass certain areas of the brain when learning to form new words.

Give Your Child Alternative Means of Communication

We can’t say it enough. Your child is as smart and developed as someone whose speech is typical. Because their intellectual development is comparable to that of their peers you need to give them the means to communicate now. Sign Language is a great transitional tool that gives little ones the opportunity to have another avenue of communication until they are able to fully form their words. Our Premium Baby Sign Language Kit is often used by speech pathologists to introduce little ones with Apraxia to signs and their associations to real-life image and to give them access to simple songs that can be associated to words that are essential to their daily activities.

A Pointing Board Can Help

Have a pointing board available for your child to give them a path of least resistance for accessing immediate needs. Teach them to form phrases and concepts through pointing. Many of our friends in the Apraxia community use the baby sign language flash card deck as their pointing tool to play games while allowing their toddler to practice new words as assigned by their therapist.

Give Your Child Non-Therapeutic Time

If your child enjoys quiet play don’t force them into verbal engagement at all times. It is quite common for parents of children with apraxia to try to overcompensate and thus take away normal play engagement that is not dependent on verbal interaction.

Be Patient

Don’t let impatience take over your life. The fact is, most children with apraxia eventually overcome and are able to fully communicate at the same level as their peers.

We are thankful that you are visiting our website. Our digital resources are available at no cost and your can customize them to meet the specific needs of your child. We are here to help and we look forward to hearing how the Baby Sign Language Kit is helping your child overcome the challenges of apraxia of speech.

 

 

 

Ten Types of Awesome Moms that Love Baby Sign Language

If you have been wondering if baby sign language is for you please keep reading. We compiled a list of parenting styles that have found our baby sign language program beneficial. Let’s take a look at how teaching a few basic signs is changing the lives of thousands of families around the globe.

The Multilingual Mama

If your house is lucky enough to be multilingual and multicultural give baby sign language a try. Signing can help your baby maintain continuity in communication and serve as a bridge between all the languages spoken at home. Your baby will feel empowered and will have the tools to communicate basic needs and wants while discovering how one word in a certain language spoken at home has the same meaning as another word in a different language.

 

The Relaxed Mom

You have made a decision that you will mother in a way that is conducive to relaxation and acceptance. You want your baby to feel comfortable and to be able to approach you while feeling understood. Baby Sign Language can equip your baby with core communication concepts that will reduce frustration during the pre-verbal stage. Teaching your baby how to sign does not need to be structured or stressful. You can incorporate signing as a natural part of daily routines like breastfeeding, nap time and play.

The Working Mom

When life is busy and the chances to bond are few and far between baby sign language can make a world of difference. Teaching baby sign language gives you the opportunity to spend one on one time with your baby in ways that invite you to fully engage through eye contact and manual modeling. By working on their signs you are giving your little one the opportunity to spend quality time with you in a way that allows for your baby to secure your undivided attention.

 

The Discovery-Oriented Mom

If you are living the dream and each day with your baby or toddler is an adventure of outdoor discovery, you don’t want to miss out on the joys of signing. We have spent endless hours in the garden observing the gifts of nature while learning new signs. Signing outdoors allows you to expand your baby’s vocabulary in ways that help develop his mind and his drive to be curious about the world that surrounds him.

 

The Anxious Mama

If you are constantly worried and looking for better ways to ensure your baby is being cared in the best possible way baby sign language can set the stage for success. Teaching your baby how to sign basic signs related to specific needs will reduce his anxiety and tendency toward tantrums and in turn give you beautiful moments of serenity where you can both bond.

 

The Fun-Loving Mama

There are many ways to have fun with our babies. Signing, particularly when we do it in the context of songs or while story-telling sets the stage for a ton of fun. Be silly, take advantage of facial expressions and have a blast teaching your baby unique signs for animals or toys that fill his world with wonder.

 

The Tiger Mama

If you are looking for special ways to give your baby a competitive edge you really must consider baby sign language. Not only does it help your baby convey his or her needs during the pre-verbal stage, it also has a correlation with increased IQ. In fact, some studies show up to 12 points difference between babies who sign and babies that don’t.

 

The Mama of Multiples

When it comes to signing the more the better. Some of the best video submissions we have received at babysignlanguage.com are videos of twins engaged in signing conversations with each other. If you are a mama of twins or triplets signing can be introduced as a group activity by seating all the babies directly across from you while signing and singing simple songs and pointing to relevant images.

 

The First Time Mama

One of the best gifts you can give to a first time mama is the gift of pre-verbal communication. If you know a mama who is on bedrest consider gifting her with a baby sign language kit. By the time baby arrives she will be ready to start teaching him and before she knows it baby will be signing his first words.

 

The Practical Mama

You are no nonsense and your parenting style is focused on results. Baby signing can significantly reduce frustration and will allow you to quickly attend to the most basic needs of your little one without having to engage in guesswork. As little as five signs will suffice to meet daily needs such as hunger, sleep or the need to have a soiled diaper changed.

 

Regardless of your parenting style baby sign language is here for you with thousands of free resources and beautiful baby sign language kits that will help you to learn the basics and implement a strategy to advance into different levels of signing inclusive of transitioning into verbal skills. Check out our Baby Sign Language Store.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a Durable Sign Language Resource? Baby Sign Language Flashcards Are Your Ticket to Long-Term Learning

It is not uncommon for people to ask us if baby sign language can be used after a child becomes verbal. The answer to this question is a resounding yes. Our baby sign language educational materials are based on American Sign Language (ASL) making them the perfect foundation for a lifetime of learning. Our flashcards are carefully designed to convey concepts with clarity and simplicity by providing real-life images that can be understood by all.

Recently our friends from the New Braunfels Deaf community asked if they could use our cards for interactive engagement at their booth during the annual Kidfest. It was super fun to see how people of all ages were eager to learn sign language.

If you have ever wondered how long your flash cards will be useful I think the answer is for a long, long time.

 

 

If you found this information useful, check out our award winning baby sign language kit. It includes more than 600 signs, covers advanced teaching methods for faster results, and includes fun teaching aids like flash cards.

 

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The Deluxe Baby Sign Language Kit, bundles together everything you need to get started with signing in one box, at a steep discount. The kit includes: (1) Baby Sign Language Guide Book; (2) Baby Sign Language Dictionary: (3) Baby Sign Language Flash Cards; and (4) Baby Sign Language Wall Chart.

Baby Sign Language Guide Book shows you how to teach your child how to sign. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and having you ready to sign in 30 minutes. As your baby progresses, you can delve into more advanced topics like combining signs to make phrases, using props, and transitioning to speech. (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Dictionary contains over 600 signs including the most common words, the alphabet and numbers. The dictionary helps you expand your child’s vocabulary, and has the breadth of coverage that lets you follow any child’s natural interests. Each sign is illustrated with two or more diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion. This makes learning new signs easy.  (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Flash Cards include 52 sturdy board (4×6 inches) flash cards, covering a variety of basic signs. The flash cards allow you to teach words, such as animal names, that Baby is not exposed to in everyday life. The face of the flash cards shows the word and image for the child. The back of the flash cards show how the sign is performed, a handy reminder for the adult.  (Regularly $24.95)

Baby Sign Language Wall Chart includes 22 basic signs, and makes a handy reminder for caregivers. The Baby Sign Language Wall Chart covers basic signs, like eat, drink, and sleep. Hang the poster in Baby’s Nursery to help babysitters, or other occasional caregivers learn and decode the most commonly used baby signs.  (Regularly $9.95)

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Baby Sign Language Guide Book

Learn the best techniques for effectively teaching baby sign language. Including:

•  Quick Start Guide – learn the first 10 signs and the basic principles required to start teaching your baby to sign (Chapter 1).

•  Advanced Teaching Methods – use teaching aids like books, flash cards, and toys to keep lessons interesting and challenging (Chapter 5).

•  Phrases – teach your baby to combine signs and communicate more complex thoughts (Chapter 6).

•  Taming the Terrible Twos – reduce frustration and tantrums by enabling your toddler to communicate (Chapter 7).

•  Transitioning to Speech – use sign language to expedite and improve speech development (Chapter 8).

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Sarah learned her first 10 signs at six month and it made our lives much easier. Instead of screaming, she could tell us when she was hungry, thirsty, or tired. She learned another 50 signs by nine months and that was a blast. Now she is talking much earlier than the other children in her preschool and we think it is because of her signing.

We can’t imagine missing out on all the little things she shared with baby sign language. Thank You!

– Bennett & Melissa Z., CA

Pediatrician Approved

“It’s easy to see why so many parents swear by it, why child care centers include it in their infant and toddler classrooms, and why it has become so commonplace as an activity of daily learning … we approve.”

Heading Home With Your Newborn (Second Edition)

Dr. Laura A. Jana MD FAAP & Dr .Jennifer Shu MD FAAP

Pediatrician Approved

Baby Sign Language Flash Cards

52 high quality flash cards (4 x 6″). Featuring:

•  Clean Images – real life pictures, isolated on a white background to make learning easier.

•  Signs on the Rear – diagrams on the back illustrating the signign motion in case you need a reminder.

•  Baby Friendly – printed on thick stock so little hands can play with the cards and they will live to play another day.

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I was thrilled to see how easy the signs were for Abigail (3) and Eden (21 months). Much to my surprise they could figure out many of the signs from the flashcards on their own.

– Carrie P., TX

Study: Signing Enriches

“The Sign Training group told us over and over again … [signing] made communication easier and interactions more positive.”

“these data demonstrate clearly that … [signing] … seems to “jump start” verbal development”

“can facilitate and enrich interactions between parent and child”

Impact of Symbolic Gesturing on Early Language Development

Dr. Susan Goodwyn, Dr. Linda Acredolo, & Dr. Catherine Brown

Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

Baby Sign Language Dictionary

The Baby Sign Language Dictionary includes :

•  Words (500+) – learn signs for nearly every topic of interest.

•  Letters – sign the alphabet and teach basic spelling.

•  Numbers (0-10) – introduce counting and basic mathematics.

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Nicholas loves his signs and it lights up our lives every time he shares one of his little secrets. He is so observant, and we would miss it all without the signs.

– Donald Family, NY

Baby Sign Language Wall Chart

The full color wall chart (24 x 36″) includes 17 everyday signs. Use the wall chart for:

•  Caregivers – help babysitters and other caregivers learn the basic signs so they can understand baby’s signs.

•  Family – teach family the basic signs so they can join in the fun.

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Everyone thought I was nuts when I started. A month later, all my friends saw Michelle’s first signs. Then they wanted to know how they could start.

Michelle is talking now and doesn’t sign much anymore, but it gave her a headstart over other children her age. Everyone says she talks like a three year old. Now she is helping me teach her baby brother Jordan how to sign.

– Adelaide S., CA

Study: Better in School

A group of second graders who signed as infants, performed better academically than a control group six years later. The signers had a 12 IQ point advantage.

Longterm Impact of Symbolic Gesturing During Infancy at Age 8

Dr. Linda P. Acredolo (Professor, U.C. Davis)

Dr. Susan W. Goodwyn (Professor, California State University)

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As you can tell, we love Baby Sign Language. It transformed the way we interacted with our children, and we want every family to have the opportunity. Baby Sign Language will make a difference for your child. Give it a try.

If for any reason you aren’t completely blown away, we will cheerfully give you a complete refund, including standard shipping. No time limit. We are that confident!

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Get Ready for Easter With Our Free Printables !!! Learn The Easiest & Most Fun Baby Signs For The Holiday

Baby Signs For Easter

It seems this year is moving at incredible speeds. I feel like it was just yesterday we spent time talking about the way we would tackle learning baby sign language in 2017.  Easter will be here before we know it, and we are going to start working on the skills needed to sign the most relevant baby signs.

In addition to the signs of the season, at our home we have started a really fun game.  We purchased model farm animals and filled extra large plastic Easter eggs with our three-dimensional figures. We are hiding the eggs around the house and practicing our search skills. When our babies find the egg we open it and practice the appropriate sign. We are having a fantastic time learning new signs and practicing old ones.

We are also practicing our grouping skills by having our toddlers pair the model animals with the correct flash card from our baby sign language flash card set. Basically we place farm animal flash cards on the floor and the corresponding model animals in a bag. Baby gets to locate the right card each time he pulls a model toy from the bag. Each time we do it right, we celebrate by signing the proper sign and doing a happy dance.  As we get closer to Easter and we get better at signing each animal we are seriously considering using mini gummy fruit bunnies as a reward.

 

Bunny

The sign for bunny is super simple and extra fun. You can watch the video tutorial to learn how to sign bunny here.

bunny sign

 

Basket

To teach our toddlers to sign basket let them use a small basket to play games in which your baby is encouraged to pick up items of the same color or shape. By playing this game not only do we have an opportunity to familiarize our baby with baskets, we can also help them learn to form groupings. You can watch the video tutorial for basket by clicking here.

basket sign

 

Find

While we are learning to sign basket why not hide a few objects in order to help our babies understand the concept in a highly contextual setting. You can watch the video tutorial for the sign find here.

find sign

 

Grass

When we teach the sign for grass, we give our baby the opportunity to touch the grass. We also contrast it by walking on the sidewalk and then stepping on the grass. You can find the video tutorial for the sign for grass here.

grass

 

Candy

In our home we do pre-Easter hunts. The idea is to help our babies become familiar with the ritual. For our in-home hunts we place small candy inside plastic eggs. You can watch the video tutorial for candy by clicking here.

candy sign

Chocolate

If you are ready to let your little one discover the joys of chocolate begin by letting them taste and contrast the flavor of chocolate against other flavors. We do it by making chocolate milk, strawberry milk and banana milk. You can watch the video tutorial for chocolate by clicking here.

chocolate sign

 

Egg

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to teach your baby how to sign egg. Make sure you clarify and show your little one graphics of the egg shell as well as a cooked egg (sunny side up) to help him or her better grasp the concept. You can watch the video tutorial for egg by clicking here

egg sign

 

Family

We adore this sign. In our home we use the sign for family in the context of a song. We all get to call out our names and then we sign family in unison. You can watch the video tutorial for family here.

family sign

 

Jesus

You are going to see this sign incorporated to many of the song and sign dynamics taking place at various christian denomination churches. You can watch the video tutorial for Jesus by clicking here.

jesus

 

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Baby Sign Language Guide Book shows you how to teach your child how to sign. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and having you ready to sign in 30 minutes. As your baby progresses, you can delve into more advanced topics like combining signs to make phrases, using props, and transitioning to speech. (Regularly $19.95)

Baby Sign Language Dictionary contains over 600 signs including the most common words, the alphabet and numbers. The dictionary helps you expand your child’s vocabulary, and has the breadth of coverage that lets you follow any child’s natural interests. Each sign is illustrated with two or more diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion. This makes learning new signs easy.  (Regularly $19.95)

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Baby Sign Language Wall Chart includes 22 basic signs, and makes a handy reminder for caregivers. The Baby Sign Language Wall Chart covers basic signs, like eat, drink, and sleep. Hang the poster in Baby’s Nursery to help babysitters, or other occasional caregivers learn and decode the most commonly used baby signs.  (Regularly $9.95)

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Learn the best techniques for effectively teaching baby sign language. Including:

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Sarah learned her first 10 signs at six month and it made our lives much easier. Instead of screaming, she could tell us when she was hungry, thirsty, or tired. She learned another 50 signs by nine months and that was a blast. Now she is talking much earlier than the other children in her preschool and we think it is because of her signing.

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Dr. Laura A. Jana MD FAAP & Dr .Jennifer Shu MD FAAP

Pediatrician Approved

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52 high quality flash cards (4 x 6″). Featuring:

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I was thrilled to see how easy the signs were for Abigail (3) and Eden (21 months). Much to my surprise they could figure out many of the signs from the flashcards on their own.

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“The Sign Training group told us over and over again … [signing] made communication easier and interactions more positive.”

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Impact of Symbolic Gesturing on Early Language Development

Dr. Susan Goodwyn, Dr. Linda Acredolo, & Dr. Catherine Brown

Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

Baby Sign Language Dictionary

The Baby Sign Language Dictionary includes :

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Nicholas loves his signs and it lights up our lives every time he shares one of his little secrets. He is so observant, and we would miss it all without the signs.

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The full color wall chart (24 x 36″) includes 17 everyday signs. Use the wall chart for:

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Everyone thought I was nuts when I started. A month later, all my friends saw Michelle’s first signs. Then they wanted to know how they could start.

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Longterm Impact of Symbolic Gesturing During Infancy at Age 8

Dr. Linda P. Acredolo (Professor, U.C. Davis)

Dr. Susan W. Goodwyn (Professor, California State University)

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