Baby Sign Language

Laura B.
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Join Laura Berg, founder of My Smart Hands, for a Q&A all about baby sign language. Laura is sharing her expertise on teaching American Sign Language (ASL) to babies. She is here to talk about the value in teaching sign language, how to introduce signs, and more.

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confusing signs

MISTY

Sometimes that signs can be so confusing I don't know what is what. For example I always thought thank you was from mouth away but was told recently that that is actually your welcome and thank you is away to your mouth. Is that accurate? How can I go about finding the correct signs for my child to learn as only a limited amount can be found on the baby sign language apps that I have.

Laura
LAURA

Sometimes there are regional differences of signs. For example, you might say soda and someone else might say pop - they mean the same thing it just depends on where you live. Same thing with washroom, restroom, bathroom, toilet. It all depends on what you grew up with. There are a few different ways to sign the same word sometimes.
You can check out my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/MySmartHands and search it, there are already tons of signs there. If you can't find what you are looking for you can always ask me by leaving a comment on one of the videos and I can answer for you in a video.

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Starting Out

VALERIE, PARENT OF 5 YEAR OLD, 4 YEAR OLD

What are the best ways to begin signing with a baby? What are the best resources for information and examples?

Laura
LAURA

The best way to start is to introduce one word/sign. Once you get comfortable with that one you can introduce more. If you are comfortable you can sign 1-3 signs. Once your baby understands those you can add in another one.
I have a book called The Baby Signing Bible that teaches you how to sign with your baby.
You can also take a class - our site it http://www.mysmarthands.com
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check out our free videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/MySmartHands

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Starting Too Late?

EMILY, PARENT OF 6 YEAR OLD

Hello! My daughter will be one year old next week. Is it too late to start? If not, any suggestions on what sign to start with or how many at one time?

Laura
LAURA

It's really never too late! One is a great age because she will pick up signs faster. At this age a few good signs to start with are food signs. Think of one or two of her favorite foods and teach her those. You can also teach her "more" and "finished". I'd start with 1-3 signs and do those regularly, once she learns those you can add more. This will be easier for you as opposed to signing a whole bunch. Make sure you are consistent so every time you say the word you make the sign.

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TINYHOOD, PARENT OF 7 YEAR OLD

Welcome, Laura! Laura is an author and president of My Smart Hands. She is joining us today to answer all of your questions about baby sign language.