First Five Signs to Teach Your Child
Communication begins long before the first words, and signs are a helpful way to teach early effective communication skills. Signs can reduce the frustration of the parent when attempting to guess what their child needs.
Where should I start?
In order to introduce these signs to a child, they should be used as often as possible along with the word itself. For example, if a child wants milk, one can say “You want milk” while clearly using the sign for milk. It may take some time for a child to learn each sign, so we recommended to introduce only one or two signs at a time until mastered. The more exposure to a sign that a child has, the more opportunity for successful understanding. It is acceptable for a child create a variation of a sign, if the parent knows what they mean, and the sign refers to the same meaning each time.
First 5 signs:
- Milk – A hand gesture as if one is milking a cow.
- More – Place all fingers together and tap fingertips from both hands together.
- All Done – Shake both hands as if brushing something away from you.
- Hungry – Put fingertips from one hand together and place them to the mouth as if eating.
- Help – Make a thumbs up and place it in the palm of the opposite hand.
Be sure to check out this video of one of our Speech Language Pathologists demonstrating these signs.
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