About the Book
Babies can learn sign language before they can speak, and sign language gives them a way to express their wants and needs, easing their frustration (and yours). Signing allows parents, siblings, caregivers and grandparents to know what a baby is thinking, curb challenging behavior, and have fun "chatting" about daily activities.
Communication in any form, whether through words, cries, signing, or body language, allows us to bond with those around us. The ability to communicate enables one to connect, learn, and grow.
The interest surrounding baby signing only continues to increase as more parents embrace this means of communication with babies before they can talk. This quick and comprehensive 'course' in baby signing features a program that caregivers can customize according to their family's needs and offers age-specific advice on how to teach sign language as your child grows and develops.
The Baby Signing Book has been updated to include more ASL symbols, additional case studies and updated information.
- Part 1 of the book provides an introduction to signing with babies and young children.
- Part 2 is an illustrated dictionary of 450 ASL signs.
- Part 3 provides songs and rhymes you can sign with your child.
Special features include:
- The top five signing tips
- A program that parents can customize according to their family’s needs
- Answers to frequently asked questions
- Instructions on the five distinct components of ASL signs: body space, hand shape, movement, palm orientation and facial expression
- Age-specific advice on how to teach sign language as your child develops
- By simply following this book, a special world of communication awaits you, your family, and your baby.
SARA BINGHAM is the founder of WeeHands, the world’s leading children’s sign language and language development program for babies, toddlers and preschool children. She holds a BA in Linguistics and one in Psychology, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Communicative Disorders. Sara is the proud mother of two signing children and a frequent contributor to parenting magazines and baby-related professional websites. She lives in Ontario.
My Take on the Book
This was a great book for any parent that wants to use sign language with their child. The book was very complete and had almost any sign that I could think of wanting to have as a parent. All of the signs are listed in alphabetical order which makes the signs easy to find and authors have provided great illustrations to help you easily understand how to implement the signs as well. On top of all of this the book is set up with a parent in mind. The reader can keep track of milestones so that they can remember when they introduce a sign and how it is working too. Overall, this is a great book that will introduce signing to the whole family and with the number of tips and resources within you really get your money out of the purchase!
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