Five Ways Baby Sign Language is Transforming The Way You Parent

“Babies are sponges” We hear it all the time and it is a great reminder to parent intentionally. When we parent, we often forget that it is a two-way relation where both participants grow and learn.

Today, we are setting time aside to share with you five ways in which teaching your baby how to sign is radically transforming the way you relate to your child and setting the stage for a life of effective parent-child engagement.

Baby Sign Language Encourages Eye Contact

Baby Looks

Our gaze is one of the most important and primitive means of communication. Where, when and how we look at others determines the tone of the relationship. When we first begin teaching our babies how to sign, we are naturally directed toward visual engagement. We look at our baby and do whatever is needed to have our baby visually engage with our hand movements. Through this exercise our little ones begin to learn how to read emotions and most importantly they learn about proper responses. When you are working on teaching your baby how to sign make certain there is clarity in your expression. If you are signing something sad, make sure your face follows, similarly, if you are teaching your baby signs like happy or play make a joyful face and let your eyes sparkle.

Baby Sign Language Facilitates Physical Touch

touch

Early on when we are teaching our babies how to sign we are able to incorporate a variety of methods. When observation is not sufficient we can reinforce a sign through hand modeling. When we hand-model a sign for our baby we gently guide their hands with ours and help them position their fingers to match the sign we are trying to teach. When we model a sign we are provided with an opportunity to affirm our affection through touch. Make certain your approach is tender and natural. Through gentleness on how we touch our babies we can increase their trust.

Baby Sign Language Provides Needed Early Warnings

hungry

Knowing what your baby needs and wants can radically change the way you parent. Early on, meeting basic needs associated to nourishment, temperature and comfort can make a world of difference in the way your baby perceives you. When a preverbal child is able to convey immediate needs he or she will have a sense of fulfillment that can’t be replaced.

Baby Sign Language Expands The Learning Experience

toddler explores

Our job as parents is to help our children to be the best that they can be without compromising their personality, natural curiosity and personal preferences. Through having the ability of communicating ideas early on in their life your baby is empowering you to help him make the best of who they really are. The little things that capture their hearts can be cultivated and maximized giving them a helpful head start. One of my little nephews was quite passionate about signing water and swimming. Five years later, he swims competitively and truly delights in other water sports like sailing.

Baby Sign Language Makes For Smooth Parenting Transitions

daycare

Not all of us have the opportunity or vocation to be stay-at-home parents. If we are among the many who relies on others for childcare, baby sign language can empower your little one to overcome the stress of transitions and change. Basic baby signs can help your baby feel more in control while helping you having radical peace of mind. Work side-by-side with your caregiver to make certain your little one is understood and his needs are being met. Signs like thirsty, cold or hurt can help a child quickly address discomfort and can give you a sense of peace while you are at work.

You too can begin signing with your baby with the help of our beautifully designed teaching resources. Fares learned to sign using the Baby Sign Language Ultra Kit. The ultra kit has 12 different resources that can be used from birth until preschool.

 

 

baby sign language kit

The Standard 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)

100% Signing Guarantee

Your baby signs to your complete satisfaction, or you get a full refund.

No questions. No time limits. No regrets.

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).

baby sign language kit

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

American Academy of Pediatricians

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.

baby sign language kit

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.

baby sign language kit

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.

baby sign language kit

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)

100% No Regret Guarantee

Your baby loves signing, or a full refund.

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!

baby sign language kit

Fares Baby Sign Language Story

Sign, Baby Sign!

Meet our little friend Fares. His parents Luisa & Fernando have been hard at work teaching Fares as many signs as he is willing to learn. Not only is Fares learning baby sign language, he is also hard at work in expanding his English vocabulary as well as his native language, Spanish.

This is How Fares is Learning

Luisa & Fernando’s approach to teaching is based on the F.R.E.E. method. Through, fun, repetition, encouragement and expansion Fares is fully embracing signing. His favorite learning tools include flash cards and toys that represents objects. He is also highly curious and often asks for the signs of new objects as he explores the world that surrounds him

In Luisa’s Own Words

“I can’t really remember how I got started with Baby Sign Language.  What I know is that I love reading about babies, how to raise them and how to understand them.  Somehow I read about baby sign language and the benefits it brings to families as far as communication is concerned.  So I started watching some of the videos on YouTube when my son was about 7 months old.  The first word my husband and I taught him was “More.”

A few weeks later, my son started recognizing the sign but, most importantly for us, he began trying making it himself.  The next word we tried was “Water.”  Since he likes water so much, that was an easy word and it didn’t take long for him to learn it.

After that, we fully fell in love with the idea of signing.  My husband and I bought one of the BSL kits that had 4 DVD’s, the poster and the dictionary.  He quickly absorbed all the signs concepts and ideas from the DVDs.  Now that he is 1 year and 5 months old, he knows almost all of the words in the videos, he has learned all of the signs of the poster, he asks what is the word for things he doesn’t know and we are learning new words through the dictionary, the online videos on the BSL web page and other ASL sources. He has also began putting sentences together by combining two or more signs.

Our greatest challenge has been teaching him the words in both English and Spanish (since we are from Guatemala,) and to have some of the people we know understand that sign language does not hinder spoken communication.  What we love is to show them what our son knows in sign language so they can see what a great help it means when you are trying to understand your son or daughter.

Our next goal is to increase our son’s vocabulary and start a full sign language communication program so he can fully communicate in sign language with other people and, perhaps, become an ASL interpreter.  The other night we watched music videos interpreted in sign language and our son – as well as my husband and I – were fascinated at the art of signing and music combined.

Thank you, BSL, for giving parents and children a great tool to understand each other and communicate with babies, which otherwise would be an impossible task.”

Luisa, Fernando & Fares

About Luisa:

Luisa is first and foremost a mother to Fares, she is also a teacher, journalist, certified infant massage instructor and Doula in training. She hosts baby sign language classes and play groups in Guatemala City, and always has a word of encouragement for new mamas.

About Fernando:

Fernando is a legal translator, teacher of English & French and currently completing his studies in Acoustics Engineering. He is Luisa’s sidekick and partner in the adventure of life. When we asked Fernando about baby sign language this is what he had to say:

“I never imagined that a child has thoughts that he wants to communicate unless my wife taught me. I am amazed of this world of having our child signing to let us know exactly what he wants or thinks. I would like to pass this knowledge on to other parents so they know that their child wants to speak to them, especially in our culture where people think that adults know everything and do not think much of children. BSL is perfect to change this mindset and open a new world of communication for parents and children.”

 

You too can begin signing with your baby with the help of our beautifully designed teaching resources. Fares learned to sign using the Baby Sign Language Ultra Kit. The ultra kit has 12 different resources that can be used from birth until preschool.

 

 

baby sign language kit

The Standard 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)

100% Signing Guarantee

Your baby signs to your complete satisfaction, or you get a full refund.

No questions. No time limits. No regrets.

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).

baby sign language kit

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

American Academy of Pediatricians

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.

baby sign language kit

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.

baby sign language kit

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.

baby sign language kit

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)

100% No Regret Guarantee

Your baby loves signing, or a full refund.

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!

baby sign language kit

Theodora Uses Baby Sign Language

Meet baby Theodora. At 18-months old Theodora knows signs that help her communicate needs and explore the world around her. Baby Theodora loves signing, with the help of her mom who is a counselor, Theodora is able to replace screaming, crying and tantrums with signing to help her parents, relatives and caregivers give her exactly what she wants and needs.

Baby Theodora’s mom uses songs, contextual signing and baby sign language flash cards to help her learn signs.

In addition to learning signs baby Theodora is also learning English as her second language.

We are so proud of Theodora’s mom Florence for her efforts in teaching her how to use baby sign language.

We asked Florence to share with us her baby sign language journey.

“I am a Counseling consultant developing a multiple intelligences playgroup programme, I find out that my clients are concerning when their baby start expressing themselves and how many words they can says. More and more babies and children are using crying, screaming, shouting to express their need instead of proper communication.

When I saw the the videos of Baby Sign Language website, I was impressed by how babies can communicate before they are able to talk!

So I decided to start out signing journey with my 18 months old daughter Theodora! She was able to speak short phrases and able to sing ABC, 5 little monkeys, fingers songs, twinkle twinkle little stars and head and shoulder knee and toes by herself clearly. At first, I am worrying she was a bit late to start as she was able to communicate already. To my surprise, she really loves the songs and video in the DVD, and was eager to initiate to listen and dance by taking out the DVD from the box, putting the CD into the player and press play all by herself!

Now she was able to sign and speak all the signs in the 4 DVD and CD sets! We planned to start the preschool programme soon.”

Florence

If you are ready to start teaching your baby how to sign you can join Theodora and begin using the beautiful resources available in the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit. The kit contains 12 Resources inclusive of the most popular Baby Signing Time DVDs and CDs.

Teaching Toddlers Thankfulness Using Baby Sign Language

AfraidRegardless of your parenting style we can all agree that manners do matter and are often the key to successful social interactions. We all want to raise pleasant well integrated kiddos whose heart is always in the right place. With this in mind we are all looking for ways to effectively teach abstracts like gratitude, empathy and cordiality.

Thankfulness Is Not a Basic Need

When we teach baby sign language we do it with the main goal of equipping our babies to convey basic needs. It is all about empowerment and making the pre-verbal stage more bearable. The first baby signs that you teach your baby should always be associated to primary needs. Go for the basics and work on those signs until your baby masters them. Once you have a basic foundation you can move to the next stage of learning and begin incorporating abstracts.

Manners Are Best Taught Through Imitation & Repetition

Teaching our babies about thankfulness is all about us. From birth we can instill a culture of gratitude by consistently thanking our baby for appropriate behaviors and thanking others when our baby is watching. Thank your older child for fetching a bottle or a diaper using a sign combined with words and always making sure your voice is full of positivism. Consistent gratitude is contagious. Pass it on!

Use The Signs for Please & Thank You During Meals

Mealtime is a fantastic setting to learn thankfulness. Let your toddler help out and thank him for his helpfulness. Sign please when appropriate and use your thank you sign every time an opportunity arises.

Introduce Thankfulness During Story Time

There are many wonderful books suitable for the first years that tackle manners through storytelling. Babies love to participate in interactive reading. Invite your baby to sign please and thank you when appropriate as your read a story or a poem about gratitude.

manners collection

Teach Your Baby Thankful Tunes

Pick a well known thank you song or invent your own. Singing is a great way to trigger recall and it helps in forming habits that embrace gratitude. We have a thank you song we sing to grandparents and one we use during our evening prayers.

 

Teaching your baby manners is a habit he will cherish for life. Get started today. To download your free Thank You baby sign language flash card click here.

Ten Baby Signs That Can Help Your Baby Make Emotional Connections

When we talk about baby sign language, it is often in light of our pre-verbal child who is hard at work learning to communicate basic needs. We mostly focus our teaching and learning on signs that empower like food or objects that are meaningful to our baby. As our babies grow, in particular when they are approaching the “terrible twos” we may want to shift focus and expand their signing vocabulary in a way that facilitates and encourages emotional connections with those around them.

Emotional connections for babies and toddlers can be achieved when our babies have words or signs that allow them to convey how they feel, as well as signs that equip them to serve, care and encourage others.

Let’s take a look at ten signs that can help your toddler better connect with caregivers, family members, educators and peers:

Afraid

Afraid

Teaching our toddler to sign afraid will allow him to quickly seek help, comfort and refuge in moments of high stress.

Signing: Afraid starts with your hands by your sides. Then you bring your hands up in front of your body, palms facing inward and fingers spread. The sign looks a lot like you just got a big fright.

You can find the free printable flash card for the sign Afraid here.

Take Turns

 

Take Turns

Teaching your baby signs that can facilitate effective social interactions often leads to a child that is welcome in a variety of social settings.  The natural drive of a little one is generally aimed at survival making the sign take turns something that we want to teach later rather than earlier.

Signing: To sign take turns your dominant hand forms the letter L with the thumb up and fingers stretched. You start the motion close to your chest and move your hand toward the other party and back to you as if in pointing whose turn it is.

You can find the free printable flash card for the sign Take Turns here.

 

Listen

 

Listen

The sign for listen works both ways. It allows your toddler to ask for your attention and invites him to focus on others when applicable. For example, you can encourage your toddler to listen to a friend while it is their turn to speak.

Signing: Point at your ear with your index finger. Alternatively, you can cup your hand to your ear as if you are straining to hear.

You can find the free printable flash card for the sign Listen here.

Don’t Hit

Don't Hit

 

This is a sign you may want to introduce only if your child displays aggressive behaviors. By having a code by which you can encourage good behavior without embarrassing your child you give him or her an advantage and the opportunity to quickly correct their behavior and move forward with social interactions in a positive note.

Signing: To sign don’t hit you will punch your index of the non-dominant hand with your dominant fist while moving your head side to side communicating a negation.

You can review a video of the sign for don’t hit here.

Sorry

Showing our babies how to communicate a sense of repentance for something that may have offended or caused pain to a fellow human is essential when building empathy. Because this is a complex concept to grasp we teach it by example and repetition. We express how sorry we are when we realize we have wronged our baby or another person.

Signing: To sign sorry, make your hand into a fist and rub it in a circular motion across your chest. It is like you are rubbing around your heart because you are truly sorry.

You can find the printable flash card for the sign Sorry here.

 

Now that you have learned the basics let’s add these other emotional and relational signs to our signing repertoire:

Why

I Love You

Share

Kiss

Be Careful

 

Are you ready to get started? Why not buy the Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit. The kit includes 12 excellent resources that will take your baby from birth until preschool as you explore together the joys of communication.

Our Most Complete Kit. The Ultra Baby Sign Language Kit is our most comprehensive kit and includes everything you need to teach your baby to sign. The kit includes:

 

 

•  Baby Signing Time! DVDs Vol. 1 – 4 (4 DVDs & 4 CDs) – baby learns new signs while enjoying Rachel Coleman’s award-winning songs. DVDs and bonus CDs are included for fun at home and on the run.

•  Baby Signing Time! Board Books Vol. 1 – 4 – enjoy the benefits of reading plus signing while keeping baby entertained.

•  BSL Guide Book – learn to sign faster and have more fun. The book begins with a Quick Start Guide that will teach you your first signs and have 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 from signing to speaking.

•  Signing 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 your child’s interests. Each sign is illustrated with two diagrams, showing you the starting position, the ending position, and intermediate motion.

•  Flash Cards – 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 each flash card shows the word and image for the child. The back of each flash card shows how the sign is performed, a convenient reminder for the adult.

 

•  Wall Chart – the 24′ x 36′ wall chart includes 17 basic signs, and is a great resource 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Baby Sign Language Resources Can Help Your Child Tackle CAS (Childhood Apraxia of Speech)

Apraxia

Recently I had the opportunity to visit with my friend Martha who is a speech therapist. I was quite surprised to see several decks of baby sign language flash cards in her therapy room. I had to ask why someone whose main objective was to help someone speak was making use of sign language as a support tool for her sessions. Martha was quick and eager to tell me about several patients under three years of age who were hard at work overcoming childhood apraxia of speech, also known as developmental verbal dyspraxia.

To put it simply CAS is a condition where the brain struggles to direct the body to act in ways conducive to speech. A child with apraxia does to have muscle weakness or paralysis hindering speech. Instead, the order from the brain to form sounds through the use of muscles and movements is not happening the way it should. A child with CAS lacks precision and consistency when vocalizing and in some instances he or she will not speak but will demonstrate full understanding of words and concepts.

Little ones diagnosed with CAS have three key characteristics that differentiate their condition from other speech disorders:

  • Inconsistent errors in consonants and vowels in repeated production of syllables and words
  • Lengthened coarticulatory transitions between sounds and syllables (pauses).
  • Inappropriate prosody (prosody is the rhythm of speech as in the way poetry has musicality), especially in the realization of lexical or phrasal stress

What Causes Childhood Apraxia of Speech? 

The cause for CAS is not known but generally speaking there are genetic factors and instances where this motor disorder is related to injuries at birth

This is How Baby Sign Language Flash Cards Help

CAS is not curable but children can overcome it through early intervention and therapy. Therapy for CAS has a multi-prong approach. Therapy is led by a speech pathologist and is handled in short, high intensity sessions that tackle motor learning.

Baby Sign Language Flash Cards are useful at all stages of therapy as one of many augmentative communication resources.

-Toddlers are encouraged to sign creating opportunities to refine motor skills.

-Toddlers have the chance to point aiding in the communication of immediate needs.

-Toddlers are able to receive visual feedback associated to specific verbalizations.

-Toddlers can have a tactile experience by holding the card and engaging with the therapist.

 

We encourage you to use all of our free printable resources or purchase our affordable and durable flash card sets.

Boost Your Baby’s Confidence With Baby Sign Language

Confident Baby

There are many parenting styles but all hold certain commonalities. Among the most important ones is the desire to raise babies with high self esteem and deep sense of confidence. Baby sign language is one of many resources parents can incorporate to ensure empowerment and give babies a head start when it comes to confidence.

Baby Sign Language Promotes Positive Feelings

One of the first interactions you will have with your baby is through visual engagement and focus. From the very start you can begin signing emotional signs that convey encouragement and affection making sure you utilize voice intonation and facial expressions that support the sign. Equip your baby to make associations between a sign and the sense that he or she is loved, appreciated and able.

Baby Sign Language Allows You to Respond to Early Cues

One of the most important aspects of baby sign language is having the ability to communicate with your pre-verbal child and being able to respond to their basic needs. Responsiveness to early cues lets you baby know that he or she is valued and boosts self confidence as well as trust in others. This is particularly relevant with signs associated to basic needs such as food, warmth and conveying pain.

Baby Sign Language Gives You a Way to Encourage

We all need a cheerleader. Baby sign language gives your baby the opportunity to have early achievements that can be celebrated. As he or she progresses make it a point to respond enthusiastically each time he or she makes an effort to mimic a sign. Micro-celebrations set the stage for a happy and confident child.

Baby Sign Language Facilitates Parent-Child Bonding

A child that feels understood from the very beginning is far more likely to develop a strong sense of confidence and a deep connection with their parents and caregivers. Through equipping your baby with basic signs and responding to the signs by meeting their basic needs your baby will know that you are there for him.

Baby Sign Language Equips You To Respect & Comprehend Your Baby’s Temperament 

Every baby is different. From the moment your child is in the womb you will become familiar with the nuances that make him or her unique. Through properly responding to their temperament you will foster self-assurance and equip your baby to embrace who they are from the very beginning. Teach your baby emotional signs such as angry, sad and happy to help them convey their emotions.

 

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Anxious Parents Rejoice! Here Are Some Milestones For Your Baby Sign Language Journey

Teaching Your Baby

I can’t begin to tell you how much I love receiving mail and Facebook questions from new parents wanting to validate their efforts and progress and asking for guidance to ensure their babies are exposed to the very best learning opportunities.

We all know not to compare but without comparison it becomes difficult to know if our little ones are meeting age-appropriate milestones. If you have been hard at work teaching your baby how to sign from the day they were born you may want to be in the lookout for these signs of positive progress:

Zero to Three Months

So, you are an early starter and you began signing to baby the day he was born. You sign milk to baby before meals and always reinforce signs like mom and dad through songs and through daily engagements. In fact, while you were on bed rest you memorized the whole Baby Sign Language Teaching Guide and you hope your little one is able to begin communicating even before he is able to hold his little head up. If you are this type of parent I have good and bad news for you. The good news is that your baby is in fact learning. He is thirsty for knowledge and is processing everything that surrounds him. The bad news is that you are unlikely to have a little signer this early in their development. There are precocious outliers who begin signing milk as early as three months but they are exceptions. During this time look for signs like visual focus, smiles and engagement when you sign. Emotional responses show that your little one is beginning to comprehend the sign in context.

Four to Six Months

This is an exciting time in early child development. You will begin to see beautiful milestones associated to sensory responses, motor skills, and communication. Chances are your baby will begin using both hands to explore objects, he will be able to roll tummy to back and back to tummy and you will see significant responses to speech and movement. If you have been signing consistently you are likely to see rudimentary attempts to mimic the sign. For example, when you are signing milk your baby will move his arm and hand and may attempt to open and close it.

Seven to Nine Months

During this period your baby will learn to sit without support allowing you to more comfortably model signs and show him or her flashcards. Chances are there will be increased interest in chunky books and improved focus on near and far objects inviting you to teach signs that have increased complexity as you work together to discover the world. It is not uncommon for babies to begin demonstrating clear signs specifically those related to objects that they see daily such as food, family members and favorite objects like fans. Most of the babies that sign during this period were exposed to signs from birth.

Ten Months to One Year

If you have been anxiously waiting for your little one to have a signing and communication explosion. This is the time that you are likely to encounter beautiful surprises. Your baby will enjoy listening to songs and will visually follow signing associated to sing-alongs. He or she will begin imitating speech and may say words like mama and dada. This is a transitional time where signing serves to provide clarity when your baby is frustrated and in need of something immediate and basic. Try to give your baby new signs relevant to the needs that he or she is likely to face.

One Year & Beyond

While baby sign language is transitional and intended to help the preverbal child you may want to continue signing and expanding their vocabulary. Through exposing them to new signs your baby will have improved fine motor skills and will learn the basics of multilingualism. In is not uncommon for toddlers to learn and use over 100 signs and combine signs together to form phrases and convey concepts.

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How To Integrate Sensory Development to Your Baby Sign Language Teaching Plan

We often take sensory development for granted until our babies show delays on how they perceive the world around them. Teaching our little ones to interpret and properly respond to their surroundings based on what their senses perceive is essential to a healthy development. Baby sign language is a very hands-on process where parents and caregivers get plenty of opportunities to guide how babies perceive the world around them. Take note of the following tips and make it a point to incorporate them to your daily interactions.

Exploring The Sense of Smell

Fragrances, odors, aromas and stenches. Learning to discern the meaning of smells is useful as an early alert for dangers such as fires or food that is no longer safe to eat. As you begin to introduce your baby to signs related to food or outdoor signs like flowers make it a point to engage in the act of smelling. Exaggerating gestures and having an emotional response to smells will help your baby or toddler better understand the concept. It is also useful to contrast fragrances. This can done using food extracts, perfumes and aromatic candles. Here are a few signs you can use to help your baby develop a well-rounded sense of smell: Flower, fire, chocolate, clean.

 

Baby Smells

Learning About Tastes

Food preferences are a great source of joy or stress. Guiding your baby as they explore flavors will help them better voice their choices and in the long-run it will equip them to better accept a variety of flavor profiles. Get started with the basics by giving your baby exposure to sweet, sour, bitter and salty. These concepts are best taught by providing contrast. We love to serve our baby meals in bento boxes that separate each food. By doing this we can talk about the food, do the sign and talk about the flavor profile. Here are a few signs to learn as you and your baby work together in exploring and developing the capacities of their taste buds: Sweets, sour, salt, taste.

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Making Sense of Sound

Communication is the very essence of baby sign language. The idea behind it is to create associations between words and concepts and help your pre-verbal child convey a concept with a sign. Keeping in mind that baby sign language is transitional, we need to place a great deal of focus on teaching our little ones about the sounds that surround them. Take time to teach baby to recognize not only words but also the sounds of nature and the sounds that he or she can associate with objects like machines. Let’s consider these signs as we begin exploring the world of sound with our babies: Music, speak, hear, ambulance.

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Embracing Shapes, Textures & Temperature Through Touch

The sense of touch will guide us through life in ways that are often overlooked. Setting the stage for your little one to be able to navigate and interpret their environment through touch is essential. Start early by providing your baby with a variety of textures, three-dimensional objects and temperature variations. Here are a few signs you may want to teach your baby as you work together in developing his or her sensorial skills: Hot, cold, big, small, hurt.

Baby Touches

 

Keeping Focused & Using Our Eyes

The eyes are one of the first sources of learning for our little babies. Make it a point to expose them to images, colors and real-life situations such as the sunset or objects of equal shape but different colores. The very act of signing is learned through visual observation, context and sound. Take time to show your baby things that will help them meet basic needs such as food or comfort objects like their blanket. Here are four signs we can learn to further our visual capacity. Color, rainbow, dark, flashlight.

Baby Sees

 

Our baby sign language Ultra Kit includes twelve different resources designed to maximize your baby’s sensorial process. You will find music for sign-alongs, beautiful videos, thick and easy to hold flash cards and storybooks to help you in your baby sign language journey. You can find the kit here.

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Kaydence Signs! Watch Her Video Showing Her Favorite Baby Signs & Read Her Story

“My sign language journey started roughly 12 years ago, before I was even out of high school. My sister, Debbie, and her husband, Kris, were teaching their first daughter, Lainey, ASL and I saw the immediate benefits on both sides. Communication wasn’t stressful but gratifying. It wasn’t impossible but exciting. It also made learning fun and interesting. The best part? It didn’t HAVE to be verbal and could happen before words were spoken and clear/understood.

I knew right then and there that one day in the future that I was GOING to teach my child sign language no matter what. Eventually I married and early on explained my dreams to my husband, Kyle, and he was on board as well. Years later that happy day finally came, and we were expecting! I was already anticipating our own ASL adventures. Our oldest daughter, Kaydence, will soon be turning two and we couldn’t be more happy or proud of her and all that she has learned and soaked up. Early on it made things easier to understand (for all of us), especially when she was hungry, even if I JUST fed her, haha. She was signing “milk” by 8 months old and more signs just blossomed from there. I was honestly a little skeptical in the beginning, but when our daughter started signing back I knew we could make it through and I googled and you-tubed more and more signs. What I loved even more was how involved my husband was/is, even with his long hours as a Drill Sgt in the Army.

Eventually I finally found Signing Time on Netflix and was ecstatic (and now crushed it’s no longer available, but thankful for my in-laws for starting her Signing Time DVD collection . Our daughter doesn’t have a lot of screen time, but what better show to watch when she does, than something educational. I found myself watching it on my own just to learn more too! I recently came across this offer and literally just ordered this kit. Kaydence has done so well already! I love the flash cards– they are very durable and make teaching easier. We haven’t been able to explore much else of the kit yet, as we are getting ready to move. However, as an early birthday gift for Kaydence, my mother-in-law, two daughters and I were able to drive 3 hours (one way mind you!) to the Signing Time concert with Rachel Coleman in Tulsa, OK this past Saturday. It was a blast and I can’t wait to see our newest addition signing right along with her big sister! Hopefully one day when Lilliana is older I can take her to see Rachel and Hopkins in a concert “again”!

Denise

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

How to Help Your Baby Overcome Anxiety

“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.