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Coming this fall: Teach Your Baby to Sign, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition

Guess what? I’ve got big news! I’m thrilled to announce that a revised and expanded 2nd edition of Teach Your Baby to Sign, published by Fair Winds Press,¬†will hit the shelves September 1, 2015. There are 30 more pages added … Continue reading

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This cat knows sign language

This video is from 2012, but it’s so completely adorable that I have to share it. This cat cannot hear, so his owner, James Casson, decided to teach him sign language. Sure, the first sign might have been a coincidence, … Continue reading

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Baby signing photo: All done

Willow, 14 months, signs all done

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Baby signing photo: More

Meriel, who is 1 1/2 years old, signs more.

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Opportunities for signing with your baby

Once you’ve been signing with your baby for several weeks or months and your baby has mastered the basic signs that cover his or her needs (such as milk, more, eat, drink, etc.), and perhaps a few other signs (such … Continue reading

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Is it a sign?

You have made the decision to sign with your baby. Awesome! Good for you! So you begin with just a few signs – you’ve decided on “milk” for nursing, “eat” for when your baby is having a solid food dinner … Continue reading

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Babysitters and baby signing

Imagine this: You come to pick up your baby from her day-care after a long day at work or after a quick run to the store. Expecting to find a delighted baby, you’re greeted by your child’s frustrated caregiver and … Continue reading

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How to sign with your baby

You’ve decided to teach your baby a tool to help her communicate before she can speak. Great! But where do you start? Choose a sign. The first place to go is an online dictionary. Most parents choose a sign that … Continue reading

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Helpful hints for signing with your baby

Be consistent. Use the same sign the same way for the same action or object. This will help your baby become familiar with the sign and she will be able to sign it back to you sooner. Don’t kill yourself … Continue reading

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How sign acquisition mimics spoken language acquisition

Once you begin signing with your baby, there are a few phenomena to watch out for: Expect your child to recognize a sign that you are making well before he starts using it on his own. You’ll run into this … Continue reading

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