Sign (ASL) with your baby

I’m not drumming up customers when I say: I gave intro classes with the above title at Seattle Central Community Collage’s Parent-Child Center, and also for PEPS groups. I do this as a volunteer and have no interest in making money at it. Just giving you the ol’ CV.

I started my son on ASL sign when he was 7 months; same for my daughter, learning solely from a website that used video. (I found the books to be impossible. The graphics only worked for me if I already knew the sign.)

ASL Browser:

http://aslbrowser.commtechlab.msu.edu/browser.htm

As I said, I don’t teach sign for a living, but I am happy to answer any questions. For free, of course. If you leave me a request in the comments, I will e-mail the syllabus I used for my intro classes. (The information relates mostly to why sign with your baby and why it won’t – as your mother insists – ruin your child’s ability to speak “normally.” If you are already sold on sign, you probably won’t get too much out of it.)

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Author: allehall

I am a writer. I write to explore childhood: literary essays and short fiction, journalism, and three haiku. My published work expresses my belief that everything which did or did not happen to me as a child is manifesting in everything that is or is not happening to me today. More importantly, it is also manifesting for my children. I believe funny is the new navel-gazing, and that the best funny keeps a penny's worth of serious in an accessible pocket. Little-known fact: I have a completed novel decorating the inside of a desk drawer. Perhaps it is not funny enough.

2 thoughts on “Sign (ASL) with your baby”

  1. Hi…I saw you post on Madrona Moms and followed the link to your blog. The ASL browser is amazing. Thanks!

    My little guy is 7 mos and we’re just starting to use signs. I know you mentioned books might be less than helpful, but I’d like to read one just to help get us started. Any that you’d recommend?

    1. Hi, Allison,
      I am so glad that the browser is working for you! To answer your question: I loved it so much, I didn’t use any books to learn sign.

      I did use one really good one about signing, written by “the” guy in the field. I’ll forward the title to you (and anyone else who wants it; just ;eave e a comment).

      Keep signing. You know, my son watched me sign to him for 4 months before he signed back. My daughter, on the other hand, started signing within three weeks, just like the books said. Perhaps might be something to that whole gender/language skills thing.

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