Video: Off in Baby Sign Language

Signing: To sign off, hold your weak hand horizontal with your palm down. Put your strong hand on top of your weak hand, and tilt it up so that it goes from being horizontal to vertical. Bend your second hand at a right angle.

The sign is like your hands are a switch moving to the off position.

Off in Baby Sign Language
Figure: Off in Baby Sign Language

Usage: I like to teach on and off together as a pair of signs. I will demonstrate switching something on, for example a toy that makes sound, while making the sign – then demonstrate switching it off while making the sign. Your baby can join in the game making the on sign and switching on the toy. Then making the off sign and switching off the toy.

Off Flash Card Thumbnail

Flash Card: Click the link to view the Off Baby Sign Language Flash Card. The flash cards are printable and available in both U.S. Letter and A4 sizes.

Related Signs:

Light, Fan.

2 Responses to “Off”

  1. Christine Sottoriva

    why can’t I find the sign for “Off” in the book: A Basic Course in American Sign Language… but I can on this website.

    ADMIN – Hi Chris,

    Perhaps you need to ask the author or publisher of the book.

  2. Kelly thibodeau

    My question/comment is that I was wondering why the video here for on and off are different than the actual dictionary that was provided when purchased. :) which is right? The video or dictionary? I don’t want to teach one and it be wrong. If the video is right and the dictionary is wrong.. is there a possibility that others in it are wrong too?
    Please get back to me as I don’t want to confuse my little one. Thank you

    ADMIN – Hi Kelly,

    They are both valid. Pick the one that is most suitable to the motor skills of your little one.

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