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Sign with Your Baby: How to Communicate with Infants Before They Can Speak Paperback – 4 Mar 2002

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Northlight Communications; New edition edition (4 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966836774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966836776
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Beansmummy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jun. 2004
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I bought this a few days ago, and read it within 3 hours of its arrival. The signs are clearly illustrated and very easy to learn and the book is well written and laid out. There are 140 or so basic (baby-related) signs to learn, which I should imagine will keep us going for a little while before we have to buy a dictionary.
The one drawback for British buyers is that it is an ASL book, not BSL, which some may feel is a problem. I gather the complete set (with video etc) also comes with BSL translation, but I didn't feel that a video was necessary, or worth the extra expense as the illustration and description of the signs in the book is so clear.
I'd certainly highly recommend it to anyone, UK or elsewhere, who is interested in learning the basics of signing for better communication with their pre-verbal babies.
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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 May 2001
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If you're not sure about the idea of using sign language with your baby or not, I think this book will convince you of its utility.
I had made a half-hearted attempt at using sign with my daughter when she was very little but gave up because I didn't feel it was working. A few months later a friend lent me this book after telling me how excited she was about using sign language with her son. I suddenly realized that my daughter was already using at least one sign - to tell me she wanted to be picked up.
I read the book cover to cover, watched the video (unfortunately not available if you're in the UK), got my husband to buy in to the idea, and learned a few signs to get started. We wish we had started in earnest earlier! My daughter was quickly able to tell us lots of things that we would never have known or understood . For example, long before she could say 'plane' she could sign it. One day we were in the house and she suddenly signed 'plane'. I was initially confused, but then realized that she was telling me she could hear a plane. The sign language did not delay her speech but seemed to help it. She often learned the sign first, then used it together with the word, and now she only uses the signs for emphasis. The signs often helped us understand what she was trying to say as she was learning to speak - less frustration for her and for us!
I recommend the book as an intro to using sign with your baby, but found it much easier to learn signs from the video or from the Quicktime videos on the ASL webbrowser at the UMichigan website. We stuck to using 'real' signs as much as possible so that there was more chance of other people understanding my daughter if she used the signs with them. Many of them are really obvious anyway. My daughter made up her own sign for shower - then I looked it up and found that the sign she had come up with on her own was the real ASL sign for shower!
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Sept. 2004
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I had heard about this book from 'This Morning' TV programme. I bought, read it and started using two signs when talking to my son. It took a little while but he soon started telling me when he wanted more food and milk and he would sign hello and goodbye. It has been great to be able to know what he has wanted before he could talk. However we still do sign sometimes and this book is a must for any family. The signs are simple and very easy to remember, its just remembering to use them!! Hopefully he will be able to comunicate a little with someone with hearing difficulties in the future.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 1999
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I saw the author speak and bought the book from him. My son was about 11 months when we started and his first sign was "milk" which we used for "I want to nurse." He was learning to talk at the same time, but signing was initially much easier and quicker. It let him tell us things that we weren't always thinking about, like that he was thirsty, or saw the moon. It really added another dimension to our lives. Our son was an early verbal child, which suggests that signing may have helped him along. Signing is very fun and you don't have to learn a lot of signs. I would heartily suggest it for every parent and baby.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jun. 2000
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I have only had this book 2 weeks and I have read it from cover to cover. My 6 month old already associates the bottle sign with her bottle of milk, and my 4 and 6 year olds are enjoying learning a new skill, they are using it to talk to each other.
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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By S. G. Walter on 6 Jan. 2004
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The text of the book is very short but easy to read and convincing, although I haven't tried it yet.
The book uses american sign language (ASL) rather than the british equivalent (BSL) and they are very different. So if you would like to teach your baby BSL (which I think makes more sense in the UK) you'll need either a separate BSL dictionary or you can buy the complete sign with your baby UK learning pack with video and BSL word guide.
I found deciphering the signs quite tricky from the diagrams, so the getting video would probably be a great help from the start.
This is worth thinking about before you buy the book on its own: I'm now going to get the complete pack so I'll end up with two copies of the book.
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