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How can i teach my DS baby sign language- and what age should i start?

Is there a book or something i can get to learn how to teach him this? he's 4 months old- what age should i start doing this with him?

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Asked by Hali_Taylor at 2:17 PM on Dec. 29, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I don't know about a book - I learned sign language from having a firstborn special needs child and they used it in his classroom. When I needed a new sign I would look it up online.
    With my 4th, I started teaching him sign language around 6 months. It took a couple of months for him to pick it up, but once he picked up the first sign (milk), the others followed fairly rapidly. He's now 13 months and able to sign most of what he wants/needs (more, milk, drink, eat, pancake, ball, thank you, please, bath, play, etc) and learning the words to go along with his signs.

    Answer by missanc at 3:13 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

  • Just start signing simple words with daily things... they don't usually show they are learning right away, but all of a sudden they will start signing back. I think my son started signing "milk" around 8 months.
    I would start with "milk"
    My son knows... "milk" "more" "all done" "bath" "eat" "sit"
    I think he knows a couple more.... but we mostly just sign the ones we use a lot and he picks them up quickly

    Answer by AmiJanell at 4:22 PM on Dec. 29, 2009

  • I don't know if you have a Boarders book store around you but I saw a baby sign language book there the other day. Also you could probably find one online, maybe try Amazon. GL

    Answer by staciaw at 4:34 PM on Dec. 30, 2009

  • They have sign language videos which you can purchase. Baby Einstein has some videos which seem really good. I started teaching my son at age 2 and he does know a few signs. My Aunt is deaf so I know sign language I went to school to learn it at like 8 years old. children seem to pick up sign language pretty quickly. Also try the internet they should have some basic signs on there.

    Answer by Kellyjude1 at 10:10 AM on Jan. 1, 2010

  • I agree, starting in a little bit would be better. I know many parents demonstrate the sign each time they hand the child an item, or show an animal. They will pick it up as quickly as they do their english language.


    Answer by BrenMOM at 10:29 AM on Jan. 1, 2010

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