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March 17th, 2010, 06:33 PM
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Has anyone modified a sign? 'sleep' sign (hand to the side of face, if I remember correctly) seems a bit much for my 7 month old so I was thinking about making up one.

Anyone ever modified or made up there own sign? If so, which one?
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March 17th, 2010, 06:39 PM
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I haven't, because babies/toddlers modify signs themselves. My ASL instructor, who has 2 hearing children and 1 deaf child, taught all her children ASL fluently, and told me the key is simply repetition, not making it 'easier' for them. Just like in English there are easier and harder sounds (for instance, b, d, and m are common first sounds, but /k/ is not a very common early talking sound), in ASL there are easier and harder signs. Rebecca signs 'key' completely incorrectly, but my instructor was THRILLED with her signing. She said it was unusual for a child her age to have mastered it even as well as she has, lol. When you sign, make sure you're doing it right every time, and with time it does become 'correct', just like when you talk you don't say 'wa' for water because it is 'too hard' for the baby to say, because you'll never teach them to talk properly if you make it 'easy' for them.

There's a whole bunch of stuff my ASL instructor talked with me about this evening (though we sure talked about a lot more this evening as well, LOL)!
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March 17th, 2010, 06:50 PM
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You know what..... you are so correct. I am not a fan of goo goo ga ga words. We say the correct words to him because we don't want him repeating incorrect pronunciations. So I will have to apply the same theory to signing.

Thanks for pointing that out.

BTW please share any other tips your ASL instructor gave you.
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March 17th, 2010, 07:24 PM
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Lol, those are all the ones that come to mind at the moment! Well, aside from the "make her do it before you let her have it" statement. When I know she knows a sign for something, my instructor has said to make her do it (even if it is hand over hand) before giving her what she is asking for... especially now that she knows the sign 'please'. She also said that any attempt at signs (no matter how much they DON'T resemble the right thing) should be applauded and rewarded.

So, Rebecca taps her index finger on the palm of her other open hand to ask for a banana, and we applaud and cheer her efforts for it, and will show her the correct way to do it (and 'hand-over-hand' it to show her how to do it herself), but she ALWAYS gets what she's asking for... within reason. If she's asking for my key when I need it to drive, she doesn't get it, and when she's asking for candy, she doesn't always get it, lol!

btw... a site I really like for looking up signs is • ASL • American Sign Language The sign you're describing for 'sleep' is actually what I've always been familiar with as being 'bed' (though I learned with two hands to the side of the head, some sign it with just one hand).
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March 17th, 2010, 08:46 PM
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Ok... I may have confused the sleep and bed. I am going to review (study) 5 new signs to work in to see what he will pick up next.
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March 18th, 2010, 11:21 AM
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I agree with the above posts.

But we did make up a sign for "pee" because I just couldn't find one. I modified a version of "wet" because I needed to be able to do it one handed while I held Jonah over the toilet to pee.

Other than that, I use the ASL sign, and Jonah usually modifies it himself if he can't do the motions. Cracker, for example, he pats his forarm, whereas I cup my elbow twice. I could tell when he was first picking it up that he was trying to cup his elbow, but he isn't coordinated enough (think about it, for a one year old that has to be kinda tough LOL) so he just started doing something easier on his own
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