Not Recommended Baby Sign Language

Baby Sign Language: Not recommended to buy for sign language development because they are not American Sign Language except for special needs child.

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Sign Language for Your Baby and Toddler

Not Recommended for Your Baby’s or Toddler’s Sign Language.

Mary Moore

Sign Language: Not recommended except for some special needs children. La

Both of the products below depart from American Sign Language (ASL). Ibought them before realizing the lasting importance of ASL. I still can’tsee any reason to learn a "made-up" sign language. The"made-up" language is not used by the hearing impaired–and–exposing achild to ASL as well as other "made-up" signs will confuse manychildren.

But if you are thetype to explore all your options, I would buy Baby Signs rather than TalkingHands.

Special Needs Children
Children with special needs and those who are slow to develop verbal languageskills can benefit greatly from sign language. They may also benefit from theeasier to learn sign language from Baby Signs or Talking Hands.However, American Sign Language is not hard to learn so be discerning in yourdecision to depart from ASL. Certainly if your child has hearing problems, startand stay with American Sign Language.


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Baby Signs How To Talk With Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk by Drs. Acredolo and Goodwyn

Let me start by saying this video does not use AmericanSign Language–it uses many signs made-up by the authors. Although the authorsclaim these signs are easier to use that American Sign Language, and thatappears to be true to some extent, if your baby already has a few signs fromAmerican Sign Language, he/she will be confused by this video and system oflearning to sign. In addition, if you think your baby will continue to sign inlater years (and many will for both practical and fun reasons), Baby Signs willnot be useful to your baby or toddler when they are attempting to sign with aperson using American Sign Language. Also, keep in mind your child will not even be able to sign at day care unlessthe staff there is familiar with the signs from Baby Signs.

That said, the authors, Drs. Acredolo and Goodwyn arepioneers in the field of non-verbal communication with infants. They havedeveloped a good system for teaching babies sign language. It definitely works.

Baby Signs uses the more simple ASL signs thatthe authors feel babies can easily learn. They modify the signs only when theyfeel the American Sign Language signs are too complex for babies to master.

Since babies in general don’t seem to have a problemlearning American Sign Language, I would only recommend this video to parentswho believe their child will not sign in later years or for those who feel theirchild needs the more simple signs, such as an autistic child. 

Over all, not a good choice in my opinion.  

Video Review by Mary Moore: Copyright © 2004CyberParent. All rights reserved.


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Talking Hands: A SignLanguage Video for Children

Although this video teaches the signs for over 30 words, some are notAmerican Sign Language (ASL) words, so for the average child, I would notrecommend this video.

However, I would recommend it for special needs children, children whohave speech difficulties, or children who learn slowly. Other children willprobably be easily bored with this video and possibly even confused if they arelearning ASL.

The action in this 40-minute tape is quite slow with much repetition bothfrom adults and children. The word appears on screen, while an (oftenexpressionless) adult signs and repeats it twice. The word is reinforced byexamples, then groups of all ages and ethnic diversity repeat the signs.

The diversity in ethnic groups and special needs children certainly addsto its appeal.

The words cover the basic needs of young children such as sleep, drink,eat, potty, more, the basic people in their lives such as mother, father,grandmother, grandfather, girl, boy, and two polite words please, thankyou.

Video Review by Mary Moore: Copyright © 2004 CyberParent. All rights reserved.


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Recommended for Teaching Your Baby Sign Language.

Don’t spend a fortune on books and videos for sign language products before you have experience. The truth is that sign language is not hard to learn for you or for your baby. I would only purchase two, possibly three, sign language items.

My recommendations for teaching your baby sign language:

1. Dr Joseph Garcia authored the classic in the sign language field: Sign With Your Baby.

Buy the video only or buy a kit which contains the video, a short and simple to understand book, plus a chart showing the signs. 

The sign language video is a must for the section on teaching sign language and the last section which demonstrates American Sign Language words. I would buy the kit to get the accompanying sign language book unless you buy the CD Pick Me Up at the same time. That CD includes a workbook. One sign language book is probably enough although both of these sign language books have their positive and different attributes.

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2. At the same time I would add the music CD Pick Me Up for the signing and singing as well as the excellent sign language workbook for parents. This fun, interactive experience for you and your baby is all it normally takes to rapidly add words to your American Sign Language vocabulary. 

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3. If at any time you or your babies are having problems learning sign language, purchase Baby See N Sign, Volume I. It presents American Sign Language words three different times: as a still picture, in slow motion, and at normal video speed.

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Frankly, I believe the above three items are all the sign language products you need to own. 

If you have an expanded budget, here are some other sign language products I would consider buying.

See sign language products I would not buy and the reasons I would not buy them here.

Why purchase any sign language items? Why not use the library for your sign language needs?

You probably need at least one sign language product on hand for reference. A CD of music to sign by teaches sign language daily. Plus your baby can watch a sign language video like Baby See N Sign to supplement your own signing.

Parents: Have you had experience with baby sign language? Will you share that sign language experience with CyberParent readers?If so, please click here. Wewould love to publish your baby’s or toddler’s success or failure with sign language. We will not usefull names, but would like to publish your general location. Thanks for your sign language assistance!

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Special Needs Children
Children with special needs and those who are slow to develop verbal languageskills can benefit greatly from sign language. They may also benefit from theeasier to learn sign language from Baby Signs or Talking Hands.However, American Sign Language is not hard to learn so be discerning in yourdecision to depart from ASL. Certainly if your child has hearing problems, startand stay with American Sign Language.

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