Saturday, December 20, 2008

Language Acquisition in Signing and Non-Signing Children

I found this chart on the Baby Sign Shine blog. It compares the language acquisition of signing and non-signing babies and toddlers. My daughter signed her first word at 7.5 months. She was saying her first word by 9 months. She signed her first two-word sentence at 13 months and used at least 250 signs by 18 months. At 2.5 she knows all her letters, and some of their sounds.

Language Acquisition of Hearing Children from Baby Sign Shine

AgeNon-ASL ChildASL Child
6-8 months - Signs first word
9 months Understands simple words (mom & dad) Signs up to 75 signs
10 months Says first word Understands signed phrases
12 months One or more real words spoken Real words spoken
Signs 2-3 word phrases
Can sit & watch a picture book signed
18 months Understands simple phrases
Says 20-50 words
Uses 2 word phrases
Says 30-70 words
Uses 2-5 word phrases
Looks at picture book with Mom
24 months Says at least 150 words
Can sit & listen to a picture book
Says at least 150 words
Can understand everything that is said
3-5 years Can understand everything that is said
Says 1000-2000 words
Knows 10 Letters
Says 1000-2000 Words
Reads a picture book with a little help
Knows all the Letters

Saturday, December 13, 2008

ASL Signs for Baby and Toddler at Christmas

There's just something fun about holiday baby signs. The pudgy hands signing about Christmas and lights and Santa. I love it. When my daughter was 1 1/2, Santa Claus visited her daycare. I popped in to see her meet him, and I'm glad I did. She studied him for a minute and then signed "FIREFIGHTER." Her favorite book at the time was, "Who Said Red." One of the pages shows a red fire engine with Santa hanging off the back.

Here is a video with Rachel Coleman of Signing Time showing you a few holiday signs: HAPPY HOLIDAY, MERRY CHRISTMAS, CHRISTMAS TREE, SANTA CLAUS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, HAPPY NEW YEAR. Enjoy!

You might also want to look up: LIGHT, DECORATE, DEER, PRESENT, GIFT, JESUS, and ELF.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Baby Sign Language Journey: 8 months old

More Sand Please

Ok, I don't really know that my daughter was signing MORE in this picture. But, she could have been. Munchkin signed MORE for the first time when she was 7.5 months old. I started signing with her when she started eating solid foods at 5.5 months. At 7 months, she hadn't signed yet, and I was feeling a little less enthusiastic, but I was still determinedly signing away.

Munchkin must have been waiting for an audience. I was feeding her lunch at my parents' home during Christmas. The cousins were there; my friends were there. And right in front of everyone, she signed MORE!

It was great to have everyone there for her first sign, but it was even better to have several independent verifications that she actually had signed. Several people yelled out at the same time, "She signed MORE!" I guess that was her Christmas present to me.

From that moment on, I was completely hooked on sign language. I had started out with the intent to teach her a few basics, but when she started communicating through sign, I couldn't stop. I wanted to know all she could possibly tell me.

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How can Smart Baby Sign Language help you sign with your baby or child? Feel free to ask me any questions. If I can't find a reliable source, I'll poll those who know. What else would help you: activities to teach sign language, ways to use sign language to teach reading, reviews of sign language products, etc.?

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