Children are able to communicate by signing before they develop the skills necessary for speech. By teaching simple sign language to children from as young as eight months, we can help them to convey their emotions and their needs. When children begin to talk, having sign language to fall back on provides a comforting safety net. Favourite nursery rhymes and songs, with babies and toddlers, signing and miming along.
Board books with classic children’s songs and a little something extra – ASL sign! Learn several American Sign Language mimes for words like open/shut, money, baby, swim, little, mother, water, tumble, fast, wall, horse, man, dog, cow, and more! Sing along as you sign to the story. These are large board books, suitable for a variety of ages. A parent does not need to know ASL to read these with your child. I asked a co-worker if I was using the signs correctly as shown in the book and she was able to tell what I was signing. Apparently ASL has some wiggle room for young learners, so you don’t have to worry about teaching them ‘wrong’. ~Sara