- ASL gives me the mommy super-ability to remind my toddler to be nice, share, and say thank you from across the room without raising my voice.
- ASL is a fun kenesthetic language that I can use to help toddlers explore the world around them while engaging all their senses.
- Potty Training at whatever age is easier and more fun when you can do it with your signs.
- Signing the manual alphabet and introducing fingerspelling can help develop early literacy and letter recogonition.
- ASL is a living language that my child can use communicate with the many people for whom ASL is their first language. (Not to mention Sign Language can be used as a bridge to help little ones more easily learn a third or fourth language.)
Signing Beyond the Baby Years
"My child speaks clearly and often so we don't really encourage signing any more". I can't tell you how many times I hear that statement or something close to it. And while I respect the choice, to be honest my heart sinks a little bit everytime. Why? Well because, we believe that we can teach babies true American Sign Language vocabulary, that we can use to encourage communication and speach. But, that is just the begining! Here are just a few of the highlights for me ...