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February 8th, 2010, 01:10 PM
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There are a lot of signs that are extremely similar. To an adult, they are obviously different, but for an infant or young child it can be difficult to distinguish them, or to do them in different ways.

Jonah has started signing "shoe." The sign for shoe is making fists with both hands and touching them together twice, thumb to thumb (so knuckles are facing out, if that makes sense)

The problem is, the sign for "more" is putting fingertips together twice. For an adult learning these signs, it is pretty easy to see the difference and we have the motorskills to do each one. Jonah, however, doesn't have the motorskills to turn his fists outward the way that I sign "shoe" and he also cannot stick his fingertips out to put them together. He signs both words the same- making fists and bumping his knuckles together.

I also noticed that when someone else signed the word "pig" to him at the signing group a couple weeks ago, he thought they were signing "dirty." He brushed his clothes and looked at his hands like "I am not dirty!" The words look almost identical, and I had to ask the leader what the difference was.

Does your little one sign any words the same? How do you deal with this when introducing more signs? Do you change the signs to make them more different, or stick with the ASL knowing that your child will grow into understanding the differences?
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February 12th, 2010, 10:01 AM
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We'll keep the ASL signs. Pig and dirty are so close that I completely understand why he'd confuse those. I think diaper, no and duck will be confusing for the girls. They are all the same thing, but signed in different places. I think i'm going to confuse my kids because some times I sign diaper and change and sometimes I sign bathroom (toilet) when it's time for a change.
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February 12th, 2010, 11:58 AM
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oh yes, "bird" and "no" really confuses Jonah too! He just can't tell the difference between one finger and two. We have three parrots, and he'll often be looking at them, signing "no" and shaking his head, saying "mmmn mmm...." like he's telling them no LOL I hope he figures out the difference. He must really think our birds are naughty or something (which really, they are!) and that we are constantly telling them no!
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February 14th, 2010, 08:11 PM
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My SIL was signing to me today and I couldn't figure out what she was talking about. It took me way too long to figure out she was signing 20 and not bird It's amazing how a little bit of position makes a totally different word.

LOL about the naughty birds
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