Will baby sign language delay speech?
Baby's first words are so fun! What if we could give them tools to communicate what they needed before they even start talking with baby sign language?!
I recently spoke with Julia on my podcast and Julia is the co-owner of ASL Discoveries where they teach sign language to everyone, from employees at corporate companies like Amazon and Upwork, to babies!
After learning more about Julia, I knew she had to be on the podcast and tell us everything about teaching our babies sign language.
We started teaching AJ a few signs since she was born (she's 18 months now). It as been incredible to watch her communicate and be less frustrated because she can communicate!
Julia and I talked about when and how to teach your baby sign language and the potential pros and cons.
Resources for sign language:
Plus, here are all the AMAZING resources she recommended for baby sign language:
- Like I said, she is the co-owner of ALS Discoveries. Their website and YouTube are full of helpful information. Plus, you can send them an email at ASLDiscoveries@gmail.com if you have any specific questions or want additional information.
- Lovevery has a book called How To Teach Your Baby Sign Language that you can find on FB marketplace or another buy/sell page. Lovevery is one of my favorite subscriptions for babies development, I show you what's in the first box here.
- This YouTube channel shows a young girl teaching some basic ASL that may be useful to teach your babe.
- Websites to search words and see them in ASL: Hand Speak and ASL Pro website. You can teach yourself some of the vocab (free) and transfer the knowledge on to your baby.
- The Signing Naturally Student Workbook series is great for adults to learn in more of a traditional classroom way.
- The Marlee Matlin App (available for Apple and Android devices) was created by an award winning actress who is Deaf. Her app (which Julia has personally used) is easy to use and clear to understand.
- My First Baby Signs and My First Book of Baby Signs: 40 Essential Signs to Learn and Practice are two books that do a good job of showcasing and explaining ASL for babies.
SO grateful to have Julia as a resource and for all the knowledge she shared. As always, I would be stoked if you subscribe to the podcast and comment any additional tips you have for baby sign language or anything else you'd like to share about your experience with ASL for babies.
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