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posted on November 25th, 2010 - Filed in Breakfast Television, health - No comments »
For many parents it is endlessly frustrating not to be able to understand what their babies want. This is why many parents are turning to baby sign language.
Basically, parents learn American Sign Language and teach it to their little ones, before they’re able to speak.
I spoke with Melody Hazleton, a My Smart Hands, baby sign language instructor here in Calgary. She says it’s wonderful for parents and children to be able to communicate. Even the simplest signs make a huge difference. For example, Melody often starts with “milk”, or “happy”, or “more.” The children are much less frustrated once they start signing because they’re able to communicate and get their needs met.
Jill Inwood is a mom who taught both of her children to sign. She says signing was a great help to her and her kids, and she really enjoyed doing it. Her son, now school aged, actually used his sign language to engage a disabled boy at school, with whom no one else was able to communicate.
The one concern that keeps popping up with baby sign language is whether or not it will hurt language development. According to My Smart Hands, there have been no studies linking the two. And in fact, there has been a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest signing helps speech development.
For lots more information on baby signing, including video of moms teaching kids,
The My Smart Hands baby sign language dictionary app comes with over 300 signs. What is unique about this app is that it is a video dictionary that not only shows you the ASL signs, but also explains how to do them or gives you great memory tips on how to remember and understand them. The app features over 45 minutes of instructional video from ASL instructor and My Smart Hands founder Laura Berg! Try our LITE version to see how much you'll benefit from this app when teaching your baby sign language.
This app was created by My Smart Hands, an international baby sign language program with nearly 100 instructors in over 10 countries, under the direction of its founder Laura Berg. Laura has a BA in child studies, an M.Ed and a certificate in ASL and Deaf Studies. She is passionate about education and signing and has brought that passion to My Smart Hands.
Keep track of the signs you want to work on in your own favorites list, and arrange those signs in any order you like. We've included categories so you can quickly and easily find words that are related, like "food," "animals" and "daily routines." It comes with an easy search option, simply type in the word you are looking for and it will come up. And finally, the quiz portion will be great fun while you are learning all of the words in the MSH app. With our quiz you are able to customize the number of questions in the quiz from 3-20 and you can also customize the difficulty by picking from 2, 3 or 4 answers. At the end of the quiz you can check your scorecard, view the signs you missed, and even add them to your favorites to work on later!