When it comes to sign language there are literally hundreds of resources out there. These are just a few that I have come across and really liked. There are also a couple great websites listed that include additional resources. Sign language is typically thought of as being a form of communication for deaf children, however it can be extremely beneficial for hearing children as well. As children or toddlers begin to acquire language they are often faced with the problem of knowing what they want, but not yet knowing the word for that particular item yet. This becomes, not only frustrating for them, but for you as well. This amount of frustration often turns into a tantrum, in which you're desperately trying to figure out what they want. This is where sign language can be incredibly beneficial. I'm not saying you will be freed of tantrums, as that's just a normal phase for children, however you can drastically decrease the likelihood by incorporating sign language. Many parents are afraid that if they begin using sign language their child will not talk. This is a complete myth. Sign language actually helps facilitate language when you pair it with words. It gives the child a visual of what you are saying and another way to communicate to you what they want.
1. Sign Language: My First 100 Words
I bought this book when wanting to increase my signing vocabulary. The pages are colorful and signs are easy to learn.
2. My First Signs
This is a fun book for those just starting to learn sign language. It includes the basic signs or words your toddler is learning and includes descriptions on how to make the sign next to the picture.
3. Signs About...
These are cute and fun books that teach signs related to a particular activity including "play time," "meal time," "getting ready" and "going out."
4. Signs For Me
This book includes most, if not all, of the signs that you would ever need to know. I ordered this book and really liked it, however the only drawback would be that there are no written descriptions next to the picture of the sign telling you what to do in words. For most signs, you can easily see how the sign should be done, but for some it's a bit more difficult. Just my opinion:)
This is an excellent website for sign language products! Signing Time DVDs are great resources that include all kinds of different signs related to all kids of different activities. This site is great for all kinds of resources related to sign language. They have signing time products for toddlers or older children, as well as dvds and resources for babies. They even have a great program to help you with potty training!
5. Baby Signs (www.babysigns.com)
This is another great website for sign language resources including books, dvd's, music and flashcards. It also includes resources in spanish! You can find resources for parents, teachers and agencies, including classes offered. They also offer a helpful potty training program! Click on the banner below to check out their website!
I have a close friend who's an instructor for My Smart Hands, which is a great program offered to parents who want to teach ASL to their hearing children. Classes are offered nationally and the website contains products available for purchase including videos, flashcards and even apps for your Android or iPhone:)
Signing Savvy is basically a sign language dictionary and a great website/resource if you'd like to learn the sign for a particular word or phrase.
This is an e-book that teaches you ASL sign language and how to use it with your kiddos.