Baby Signing: How to Talk with Your Baby in American Sign Language

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Babies usually start to talk around the age of two, but they can learn to communicate through sign language as early as six months. Using simple signs, babies can—and love to—tell their parents how they feel and what they need. Rather than guessing what is in the mind of a fussy infant, parents could "talk" with their babies and discover when they are hungry, tired, ready to play, feeling unwell, or ready for a hug. Learning sign language also helps babies acquire the mental building blocks for speaking, and ...

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Overview

Babies usually start to talk around the age of two, but they can learn to communicate through sign language as early as six months. Using simple signs, babies can—and love to—tell their parents how they feel and what they need. Rather than guessing what is in the mind of a fussy infant, parents could "talk" with their babies and discover when they are hungry, tired, ready to play, feeling unwell, or ready for a hug. Learning sign language also helps babies acquire the mental building blocks for speaking, and studies prove that babies who learn to sign are better at language than those who don’t.

This new book from sign language teacher Andrea Fixell and musician Ted Stafford uses songs, games, photos, and easy-to-follow instructions to help parents teach basic American Sign Language to babies. The stand-up format makes it easy to learn and practice the simple hand gestures with your baby, helpful tips offer encouragement, and silly songs ensure you both have fun while learning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670037513
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/6/2006
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 696,022
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 7.46 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Fixell has a master’s degree in deaf education and has taught deaf and hard of hearing children at public and private schools in New York City. Together with coauthor Ted Stafford, she founded Sign-a-Song, which organizes classes and concerts for parents and babies to learn sign language through song.

Ted Stafford formerly worked as an editor and writer for an educational publishing firm. He currently teaches guitar and music theory and performs for children and adults in the New York area.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008

    Good starting point

    I like this book because it is a simple way to get started. I buy it as a gift for new parents because not all parents will give it 100% especially if the book, like many, is wordy. The layout is nice and there are suggestions for taking it further as well as good ways to implement the signs into context that will give meaning to the child. It gives some essential signs as well as signs of things that kids often comment on 'several animal signs are given because kids usually comment on animated objects before they will comment on inanimate objects'. I think for those parents who are able to implement these signs into everyday life there are many books out there that can expand on these signs. The authors even give recommendations for other resources to seek out. For those parents who aren't as willing to implement sign language into everyday life I think this book is less intense which makes it more likely that they will use some of the signs. If a child is profoundly deaf then parents need to consider a more extensive sign language book, but this is a great place to start for parents of children without hearing loss who are looking for a way to communicate before their child begins using spoken language.

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