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Old 01-22-2007, 08:14 PM   #1
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Any one sign w.their babies? Which program/s did you use and what age did you start?? Want to do it w/my 3mo old and teach my boys as part of school how to sign
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Old 01-22-2007, 09:39 PM   #2
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Hi. We've been signing with my DS since he was about 7 months old. Most books say to start around 6-7m but honestly, the earlier you start, the earlier they will sign back (it just takes longer though of course, and some people get impatient and quit so that's why they say to start at 6-7 months.) But hearing babies of deaf mothers that are signed to from day one usually start signing back within a few months.

Anyway, we don't really use a program (unless you count speech therapy!), but I did read a few different books, Joseph Garcia's book being one of them. Some of the things he says I don't agree with though, for instance, he says that you *shouldn't* say the word outloud when you sign until the baby starts signing back. But other experts say differently, and we didn't do that either - we always say the word outloud. We use our little pocket ASL dictionary more than anything. Also, everyone says that the Baby Signing Time videos are EXCELLENT and we are trying to get ahold of them from our library. Even DS's speech therapist recommended them to us.

The most important thing though is to just ALWAYS be consistant. And start with words that are important to your DD (at this age, "milk" is probably the most important LOL, and it was my DS's first sign to sign back). "Mommy" and "Daddy" are good ones, but harder to understand IME. "More", "change me", if you have pets then you could label them too, then when she gets older, "eat" and "drink". Basically, just start with anything that your DD *needs* throughout the day or is really interested in - she will learn those quicker because she will be motivated to use them.
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Old 01-22-2007, 10:11 PM   #3
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We signed with DD1 but it seemed like a waste until about 11 months. I read the books that say to start at six months, but she was too young. With DD2 we are signing to her (8 months) and we have Baby Signing Time videos. We LOVE them. They are fun to watch and really keep both kids attention. My 3 year old has been signing again too.

One thing I'd change though is my nephew has all the signing time videos (2 years) and only seems to sign. So whenever he goes anywhere without Mom he gets very frustrated because people don't know what he wants. I think his mom might have been accepting just the signs and not trying to teach signing with words. If that doesn't work maybe give my in-laws a page with the signs!

Signing time is really good for me as well. I can learn the signs better to music and the fun way they teach. Even my brother who stayed with us for a few days caught a few signs! You'll be taught whether you want to or not! LOL.
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Old 01-23-2007, 04:54 PM   #4
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I'd really encourage you in this direction - we absolutely loved baby signing. I didn't honestly know until reading the above that there were different systems out there, but we used Baby Signs by Linda Acredolo, PHD and Susan Goodwyn, PHD. We didn't use a video and didn't feel like we needed to, since the book was plently self explainatory.

I was really enthusiastic and started WAY too early (around 3 months) and I got pretty discouraged. Then, I backed off and used only the most pertinent signs like nurse, eat, drink, dog (since we have one), more, etc. I did that until she was 11 months, when I started to realize that she understood the signs just fine, she just wasn't using them. It became clear that she wasn't going to use them, unless she needed to for some reason. So, I decided to wait to nurse her until she signed. I know that sounds nuts, but I knew she was perfectly capable, she just wasn't feeling the need. Worked like a charm. And it became her breakthrough, AHA! moment that really catapulted her into the signing world. After that, she started doing about 1 or 2 new signs each day until by 18 months she was up to about 70+ signs!

It's not just a cool parlor trick, it's a very useful, empowering tool for babies and toddlers. I found that our DD not only enjoyed communicating her needs better, but it cut down on her frustrations, and early on it laid the foundation for basic conversation and talking. She was an early talker and I think it was because of the signing we taught her.

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We started with the video Talking Hands. It is inexpensive and GREAT!

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Old 01-23-2007, 06:56 PM   #6
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We use Signing times as well..dd just learned please and thank you and does iton her own... she knows.
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we started with her at 10 months..
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