Getting Started

There are lots of baby sign language programs, but they are expensive and many of them are a sort of made up language. It's quicker and easier to teach your baby actual ASL yourself. There are lots of resources for ASL and they will get the benefits of learning a second language.

Choose five to ten signs per week. Find signs that you can use regularly throughout the day. For example: milk, tired, and eat. Use ten to twenty signs for six to twelve weeks. After your baby or toddler begins signing consistently you can introduce more signs, about one to two per week. Handspeak has an ASL dictionary with video clips of the signs that you can practice with.

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