Teach Your Baby Sign Language
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Teach Your Baby Sign Language

Give Your Baby the Gift of Communication Before They Can Speak
3.4 (16 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,207 students enrolled
Created by Jim Vincent
Last updated 4/2020
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Develop your baby's language skills before they can speak.
  • Reduce your frustration, and your baby's.
  • How to start, continue, and end using sign language.
  • Teach your baby to communicate with you.
  • Learn over 120 signs to use in communicating with your baby.
Requirements
  • No prerequisites.
Description

Babies "get" communication very early. From about four or six months, they know that sounds have meaning and things have names. But the muscles of their face, mouth and tongue are not developed enough to form words for 12, 16, or 20 months later.

By teaching your baby sign language, they can communicate with you a year or more before they can speak.

With signs, your baby can:

  1. Express what they want

  2. Tell you what they see and what they feel

  3. Let you know where they hurt when they do

  4. Surprise you with what they know and want to talk about

You literally can have conversations with your baby when they are an infant. This have many, many benefits to you and your child:

  1. Better communication - You don't have to guess what they want or want to say

  2. Less frustration - Without guessing, you know quickly what your baby needs

  3. More enjoyment - You can get into your baby's world, what they see and feel, not just what they want

  4. Head start - Your baby develops communication skills with others very early

  5. Motor skills - Your baby develops the muscles to move hands and harms with precision

  6. Confidence - By "listening" more than just what your baby wants, they gain confidence

  7. Social grace - Your baby learns to "use their words" rather than crying or fussing

  8. Less crying - With signing, your baby does not have to cry to get what they want or be understood

This course will not teach you an "official" sign language, like American Sign Language for the Deaf, or Australian AusLan, or any other dialect. Rather it will teach you how you can develop communication with your baby using sign. The signs you use may be based on the official languages, but you are not limited to those. Just as in spoken language, you will develop your own vocabulary of signs that will make a difference in communication with your baby. You will choose what words you will use and what signs you will use for those words.

While this may seem daunting - making up your own language - it is actually faster, easier, more enjoyable, and more fun than trying to memorise the "right" signs.

In this course you will learn:

  • The benefits of baby sign language

  • What concerns you may have

  • The process for teaching your baby to sign

  • The stages your baby will go through in learning sign language

  • When to start signing to and with your baby

  • How to start signing

  • 3 simple rules for the signs you use

  • Keeping track of the signs you use

  • Teaching others (family, friends, and carers) to sign with your baby

  • How and when to stop signing and switch to speech

You will also learn approximately 120 signs to start your vocabulary.

There are two bonus lessons included which enhance your child's enjoyment of language.

This course is fun, easy, enjoyable, satisfying and valuable.

Who this course is for:
  • Parents of infants (birth to 18 months)
  • Family, friends and carers of infants
  • People interested in baby communication.
Course content
Expand all 25 lectures 01:32:12
+ Introduction
4 lectures 14:29

An over-all introduction to the course, including:

  • An overview of the material

  • What the course is and is not

  • Who the course is for

  • Why this course is different

  • What you will get out of completing the course

Preview 04:21

This course is not designed for parents of deaf children or those who want to learn an "official" sign language.

Instead you will learn to develop your own collection of signs to use with your child, based in the official languages, but not limited to exactly or only those "official" signs.  The course will present simple rules for communicating and practice using over 120 signs for useful words.

Preview 02:18

This lesson addresses and removes typical concerns about using sign language with babies, including: 

  • Will it hinder my child's learning to speak?

  • I've tried before to learn a new language and failed. How is this different?

  • What about my sitter? My family? Does this exclude them?

  • How and when do I start? 

  • How do I build my vocabulary? 

  • How and when do I switch to speech?

Preview 02:27

The benefits to you, to your baby, to your family and others are presented, including:

  • Increased joy, satisfaction, and and certainty in communication

  • Decreased crying and frustration

  • Your baby experiences being "heard"

  • An increased in your child's fine motor skills

Preview 05:23
+ Teaching Your Baby
8 lectures 28:13

In this lesson, the processes for teaching your baby sign language is presented. It includes the steps of:

  • Choosing an opportunity

  • Speak and sign the word

  • Work with your baby to make the sign

  • Being patient when expecting the baby to "sign back"

  • Adding new signs

  • Where and when to sign

Preview 04:20

In this lesson we look at the six stages the baby will go through in learning to communicate using signs:

Stage 1 - Observation

Stage 2 - Realisation

Stage 3 - Mimic

Stage 4 - Spontaneous

Stage 5 - Multiple signs (sentences)

Stage 6 - Speaking

Stages Your Baby Will Go Through
03:51

In this lesson we look at when to start teaching your baby to sign. We look at the options of starting at birth, starting at four to six months, eight to 10 months, and older than 10 months.

There are advantages and disadvantages to starting at each age, and these are discussed.

When to Start Teaching Your Baby to Sign
04:02

The steps to teach your baby to communicate using signs are presented. These include:

- Pick six signs to start: eat, drink, more, done, a favourite toy and a favourite activity

- Use them exclusively for a week or two

- Be patient; you will not get responses immediately

- Add signs slowly until you get responses

- Then add signs more quickly

- Look for opportunities to use signs

Preview 04:19

There are many dialects of sign language used for babies. This course does not teach one of these, but rather, teaches a way to communicate with your baby using signs, based in but not limited to the "official" signs. This private language between you and your baby is one you invent, making learning it and teaching it to your baby much, much easier.

This Baby Sign Language is Not “Official"
03:45

The rules for making up your own signs are presented.

Inventing Your Own Signs
03:30

A system for keeping track of the signs you use with your baby is given, including a way to make the lists of signs useful for others who communicate with the child: grandparents, baby sitters, friends, etc.


At the end of the lesson, please start your List of Words. Get a notebook, or open a spreadsheet file and start three lists:

1. All words - will contain all words you are going to use

2. Most-used words - will be empty for now, but as you find words you use a lot, add them here

3. Confusable words - will also be empty for now, but as you add words whose signs are similar, add them here

Keeping Track of Your Signs
02:31

A summary of the course up to this point is presented.

Summary
01:55
+ Baby Signs - Training Parts 1 to 4
4 lectures 15:32

In this lesson we learn the signs for:

First Words

― Eat ― Drink ― More ― Done ― Change ― Bath ― Milk

Baby Stuff

― Dummy, pacifier ― Crib, cot ― Blanket ― Bottle ― Nappy, diaper


At the end of the lesson, please add the words you are going to use to your List of Words.

Preview 03:32

In this lesson we learn the signs for:

Clothes

     ― Coat ― Pants ― Hat ― Shoe

Other Words

     ― Same ― Different

     ― Hug ― Kiss

     ― Sleep

     ― Good ― Sorry

     ― Please ― Thank you

     ― Clean ― Dirty


At the end of the lesson, please add the words you are going to use to your List of Words.

Signs Part 2 - Useful Words
03:51

In this lesson we learn the signs for:

Foods they eat

   ― Egg ― Bread ― Butter ― Cereal ― Sandwich ― Tomato

Fruits and veggies

   ― Banana ― Apple ― Orange ― Grapes ― Carrot

Transportation

   ― Car ― Truck ― Plane ― Pram or stroller


At the end of the lesson, please add the words you are going to use to your List of Words.

Signs Part 3 - Foods and Transportation
03:47

In this lesson we learn the signs for:

Toys and favourite things

   ― Doll ― Book ― Talking book ― Bicycle ― Ball ― Play ― Time ― Playtime ― Walker ― Swing ― Music

Outdoors

   ― Sky ― Sun ― Moon ― Stars ― Flower ― Tree


At the end of the lesson, please add the words you are going to use to your List of Words.

Signs Part 4 - Toys, Favourite Things, Outdoors
04:22
+ Bonus Lecture 1
1 lecture 04:02

This bonus lesson covers the advantages of talking to your baby while doing everyday activities.

Taking to Your Baby
04:02
+ Baby Signs - Training Parts 5 to 8
3 lectures 14:26

In this lesson we learn the signs for animals:

Domestic

   ― Dog ― Cat  ― Bird ― Fish ― Rabbit

Farm

   ― Horse ― Cow ― Sheep ― Goat ― Chicken ― Duck

Zoo

   ― Giraffe ― Gorilla ― Zebra ― Lion ― Tiger ― Elephant ― Crocodile ― Monkey

Australian

   ― Kangaroo ― Koala ― Echidna ― Kookaburra

Other

   ― Snake ― Spider ― Worm


At the end of the lesson, please add the words you are going to use to your List of Words.

Signs Part 5 - Animals
06:19

In this lesson we learn the signs for people and actions:

Specific people

   ― Mom ― Dad ― Grandmother ― Grandfather ― Sister ― Brother ― The baby’s own name

People in general

   ― Man ― Woman ― Baby

Actions

   ― Kiss ― Hug ― Walk ― Run ― Sleep ― Play


At the end of the lesson, please add the words you are going to use to your List of Words.

SIgns Part 6 - People and Actions
03:28

In this lesson we learn the signs for:

Feelings

   ― Happy ― Sad ― Angry ― Afraid ― Hot ― Cold ― Frustrated

Independence

   ― Help me ― I’m stuck ― I’m hungry ― I’m thirsty ― I’m tired ― Change me ― Bathe me ― I want


At the end of the lesson, please add the words you are going to use to your List of Words.

Signs Part 7 - Feelings and Independence
04:39
+ Bonus Lecture 2
1 lecture 07:46

In this bonus lecture, we suggest a way to surround your baby with language using talking books.

Audio Books as a Language Aid
07:46
+ Teaching Others
3 lectures 06:47

In this lesson we learn how to teach others - family, friends, babysitter, others - to use signs with the child.

Teaching Others to Sign with Your Baby
03:08

In this lesson we learn how to stop signing and switch to speech when the time comes.

How and When to Stop Signing With Your Baby
03:10

There are many resources for finding signs to use with your baby. Of course, you could, and probably should use Google Search or equivalent to find more and more recent web resources. You may also find:

Facebook Groups, searching for "baby sign language"

Meetup Groups, searching for "ASL" or "Sign Language"

Your local college or university, or continuing education centre

Resources
00:29
+ Conclusion and Summary
1 lecture 00:56

Congratulations! You have finished the course.

Please leave a review and any comments or questions you have.

Thank you!

Conclusion and Summary
00:56