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Later

To sign later, take your dominant hand and start with an 'L'-sign, with your index finger and thumb extend at right angles. Take your non-dominant hand and hold it up flat, facing your 'L' hand, with your 'L' hand's thumb sticking to the palm of your other hand. Hold your non-dominant, open flat hand steady as you pivot your 'L' hand 90 degrees, over and down.

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Teaching patience is an important skill for young children. Using the later sign lets your baby know that you have heard the request and will attend to it, but they need to wait.

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Teaching your baby to learn to wait for something is an important developmental skill. When your child makes a request, use the later sign to let them know you have heard them, but they need to wait for a few minutes before you will attend to them.

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3 Responses to “Later”

  1. Laura

    Hi! Would you recommend using the sign for “later” to indicate “soon”? E.g. “Papa is coming home soon.” if not, what sign would you recommend for “soon”? Thanks!

    ADMIN – Hi Laura,

    I have used both, later and soon. Given the grasp of time with babies both would mean in the future.

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  2. CECILE

    Hello
    Many thanks for your website.
    I’m from France and I’m trying to speak english with my 14 months old daughter. I also use ASL for babysign and she loves it !
    I’m wondering how we sign AFTER ? Is is the same sign as LATER ?
    Thank you for your answer
    Cheers
    Cecile

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    • Lila

      After is not the same as later. The proper way to sign After in regards to time is:

      Place both hands in front of your chest with the palm of your dominant hand touching the back of your other hand with your palms facing your chest. For the actual sign you will then move your dominate hand forward while your other hand remains stationary.

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