Hello again, I thought I would talk about making the signs we use relevant for our little ones. With TinyTalk we have 150 signs in the baby signing curriculum of which 50 are what we call core signs, those words in the vocabulary that are crucial for a baby's first year of life such as milk, drink, food, nappy etc we cover topics such as family, weather, animals, food we eat, bed time etc all of which are really important for our infant.
In the toddler talking sessions we expand on this to introduce colours, shapes, feelings etc all of which expand on what we have already touched on and now the child is growing and expanding the signs we show them.
Isla here is signing listen which you will have hopefully understood as it is so obvious. I think she is telling her mummy to listen to the birds or perhaps she is asking her mum to listen to her but still it is a great sign.
So when we sign to our little ones we can talk as we sign and to begin with sign those relevant words and choose just a few with the very young such as milk and nappy and mummy perhaps as a very young baby will have milk, will have their nappy changed and also have cuddles with mummy and daddy for example.
Babies can show that they can recognise a sign from as early as 4 months by getting very excited when you sign milk for example, this is when we can start to add a few more signs. A baby can sign back from as early as 6 months but more than often its a little later that they really want to communicate and when they get to the age of around one they will want to get their wants and needs across. So if we have taught them the core signs in their first year that is fantastic as with the attempts of speech and the attempts of signing we as parents are more likely to understand what they are trying to say.
It is important to always talk to your hearing baby and if your baby is Deaf you may well want to use more signs as he or she will pick it up as will be a great way for him or her to communicate with you but talking will help with lip reading and then they can also learn non verbal expressions too as I feel being bilingual is a good thing and that is if you think about it. So yes talking to your hearing baby if you are able to or using you non manual features if you your self are Deaf and have someone else talk as they sign and then your baby can link the too together. I had hearing children from a Deaf couple and they linked the sounds to the signs and one little boy even did his first sign after a baby signing class his parents were chuffed to say the least so you see how important it is. Also talking to your little one is great as you sign and I may have explained this to you before about my son signing flower to a tree when he was only 11 months old, well what did I do I explained the difference I talked to him and signed tree also explaining as best I could the difference and letting him touch some tree trunks and look at some flowers etc, he soon started signing tree wrongly tee hee as the sign in BSL Biscuit is very similar in BSL but the dominant hand action is very different but when he says tee tee I am then able to smile and respond with the tree sign and saying the word correctly and look at the tree.
Also follow your child's lead , do you have pets, do they have siblings what do they love a toy etc.
Baby signing is so much fun and then going onto learning colours, feelings, more on weather and even mini beasts and going into space we can have lots of adventures as our infant grows up into a child. Then we can start to even learn the alphabet in sign and read what a head start. The good thing is you can learn along side your child, 5 years ago I didnt know an awful lot now look at me I am a TinyTalk baby signing teacher and also BSL NVQ 3 qualified it has been a journey and I love it.
One day soon I will treat you to a signed song not a nursery rhyme but a song, you will though have to be patient.
Until next week have fun and do tell me about your baby signing journey it means an awful lot to me.
I am a mother of 4, teach baby signing and also BSL level 2 qualified, love TKD and much more.