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Old 04-29-2010, 07:34 AM   #1
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Learning ASL-hearing impaired baby

I've been really, embarrassingly lazy when it comes to starting signs with my hearing impaired 8.5 month old. So I am ready to get on the ball and get things started. Is there anyone here who knows ASL that can help me out?

I'm wondering, how long before you felt comfortable communicating with others in sign? I feel I will pick it up easy enough, but have a hard time having a conversation with someone.
Dumb question-are baby signs the same as ASL? Or is there a difference?
Does anyone have any recommendations for websites/classes?
Will I be starting too late?
I'm so clueless
We have a hearing specialist come to the house once a month, but she doesn't know ASL.


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Old 04-29-2010, 08:03 AM   #2
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You'll pick it up quickly. I took a semester course at the local college and was feeling VERY at home by the end. Also, with signing to my 15 month old, at her age, she only has 5-10 signs and using them is really natural. (she has very few spoken partial-words and is more fluent in her signs.) I speak and sign at the same time. You sign what you know how to sign and as you get better, you have more signs and it fills in. Remember that a hearing child is only using single words for a time, then they start to add complexity. You'll keep up.

Some baby signs are the same as the ASL signs and some are not because the ASL sign is just too difficult for a baby to mimic.

You are not starting too late.

Start by looking at your local college for a night class. Check out some signing time DVDs from your library, too. Both of your children will get a kick out of them.
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:09 AM   #3
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Re: Learning ASL-hearing impaired baby

We don't have a hearing impared LO, but did signing with DS and will be starting soon with DD. I don't think that you can start too late... he'll have to learn some day, right? I may be wrong about this, but I'm pretty sure that baby signing is basically ASL with some modifications to make the signs easier for babies. Baby signing time is great! there are free videos on nick jr's website to give you an idea of what its like, but they're regular signing time geared for older kids. you can find local classes at as well as lots of other great info! GL! Baby signing is great even if your LO isn't hearing impared!!
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:46 AM   #4
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Dd had some hearing issues that cleared up later (long story) and we used Signing Time & (it has videos of the signs). To go the next step I agree with finding a college class. I also find things to watch in ASL. (Being LDS, at our biannual meetings all the speakers are translated into many languages, including ASL, so I watch those while listening to it.) We started signing with dd around 17 months when she was clearly having problems with communication, and she knew hundreds of signs by age 2.
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