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hi! my wife and i are very excited about the prospect of signing with our child, who will be born come november. i'm curious, what's the best way to get started? take a class? or is there some literature that is a good start? any suggestions will help!
The best way to pick up signing is to just start(start learning them yourself that is )...some of the other topics in this forum have some good links.
I started with the book Baby Signs by Acredolo & Godwyn. Lots of diagrams and pictures to help you visualize the signs and walk through explanations on how to implement the signs into your babies life. How and when to do this along with the understanding that baby signs can range from child to child. That is a sign may be altered from it's ASL (american Sign Language) version to fit your child and his/her interpretation.
Umm..taking a class...if you can find the time...many local Junior colleges offer ASL classes (especially nice if you can take a night class that meets once a week). I also have in my own area through Parks and Rec a Baby and Me signing class that you can attend with your 6 month-24 month old.
Good Luck and Congratulations!
<span style="font-family:Optima">>>>Gina Mom to Grant (5/16/03) & preparing to TTC #2!!</span>
I have not read the book Baby Signs but go to their website a lot. I prefer using ASL signs. I usually go to the ASL Browser http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/browser.htm It has video clips of lots of signs. I also went to the library and checked out a few books on sign language. I am learning it with my kids so we just learn a few at a time. I would eventually like to get a program and like to teach them the proper language syntax for American Sign Language but for now we are just learning some words.