An article in The Gainesville Sun focused on the increasing number of parents who are using sign language to communicate with hearing infants who are too young for verbal communication. According to research, signing may decrease the occurrence of temper tantrums because children are able to express their needs. Experts say it is a myth that signing will discourage infants from learning speech. The optimal age for beginning to teach your baby signs is nine months to a year. Start with a handful of signs for objects and actions that your baby uses on a daily basis. Repetition is the key to language learning success, even with infants. Make signing fun!
The article in the Sun noted that local parents are using library materials to teach their infants sign language. I have taught ASL literacy at four library branches. Patrons often ask me for book and DVD recommendations. Here is a list of some of my favorite resources.
Book includes more than 300 words signs. Baby-specific signing techniques, songs, and games are also included.
Joseph Garcia uses anecdotes, practical guidelines and humor to explain the benefits and method for taking advantage of this unique form of early communication.
A good overview on the subject of baby signing.
An introduction explains how baby signing developed and its uses for the reader and their child.
These short stories, playful pictures, and clear instructions are practical for parents and fun for older siblings.
Babies like to look at babies! All of the board books in the Baby Fingers series are terrific.
A wonderful first signs board book that is also a touch and feel book!
Rachel Coleman's peerless Baby Signing Time! volumes 1-4 DVD's are fun and educational for all ages!
Join special guest Marlee Matlin as she demonstrates this exciting way for babies to express themselves.
An excellent DVD with fun, catchy songs.
Classic children's stories told in speech, written words, and sign language.