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Signing With Babies And Children: Translating Signs - three tips
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Posted by My Baby Details
Three tips for translating those signs of your little ones.
1) Watch for that first sign. This sign may be used for many things referring to needs/wants.
ex. child signs "milk" for his first sign - understands that this sign gets him what he wants, "milk" - uses that sign when he wants other things such as food or toys - may even resort to enthusiastically using both his fists to sign "milk" hoping that these actions will emphasize the importance of this "want" ^_^
2) Share with others, so they too can translate your child's signing.
ex. you have come to recognize that your child's sign for "sleep" or wanting to take a nap is done by bringing her whole palm to the top of her head down to her forehead - your hubby watches your little one for the afternoon and later comments on how she sure likes to sign hat a lot and was really grumpy this afternoon - "that's her way of signing 'sleep'" ^_^
3) Watch those first reactions when you are teaching your child a sign.
ex. you are reading a book and an owl appears on the page - enthusiastically you begin to sign owl and make the owl sound while automatically seeing the reaction of your son - he is signing "owl" while rubbing his eye as if he was sleepy - later when he sees a bird in a different book, he begins to rub his eye - he's not tired, he is signing "owl" and you now have the opportunity to teach him the sign for "bird" ^_^
May your enjoy these times with your children and recognize the signs of signing.
written by Shawna Tran: www.mybabydetails.com
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