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July 20th, 2011, 09:47 PM
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Toronto, ON
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We've started teaching my son sign language, but since neither me or my hubby are fluent, we're all learning at the same time. So far, he knows a few, but he seems to have taught himself a sign that we're trying to figure out. He will rub his arm back & forth, which used to mean "cheese", but we're trying to re-teach him the right sign. As far as I can tell, this sign he's invented seems to mean 'good' or 'happy'.

Any insight? How did you learn ASL?
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September 12th, 2011, 10:20 PM
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Location: Hampton Roads, VA, USA
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Babies will make up signs if they find something they want to communicate and don't know the signs for. Rebecca did it, Elias does it. Rebecca was also really good at picking up *real* ASL signs though. There is a young lady in our church who is deaf, so there is a lot of signing that goes on around her, so Rebecca (and Elias) have learned partially through immersion. I have no idea what he might be trying to communicate, but I always find that when I don't know what they're trying to say, having them point to show often helps a lot. Then when I figure it out we teach the correct sign.
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December 9th, 2011, 01:00 PM
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Wow this is old, and this is my first time posting here but I was going to suggest the sign he was doing is nice. The sign for cheese is similar to nice.

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May 3rd, 2012, 12:32 AM
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I am pretty fluent in ASL. The few words that come to mind are Mile and bracelet, but it doesn't seem to be those.

I'm thinking that the other momma was right when she said it meant nice.
Missing baby Elliott Thomas since March 10th. I love you forever and always. <3

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