- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Gallaudet University Press; 1st edition (April 29, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563683113
- ISBN-13: 978-1563683114
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teach Your Tot to Sign: The Parents' Guide to American Sign Language 1st Edition
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About the Author
Stacy A. Thompson, a graduate of the Deaf Studies program at California State University Northridge, owns Signing Tots, in Simi Valley, CA, where she teaches parents and educators how to sign with hearing and deaf children.
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For those of you uncertain about using sign as much as we do, it has really made having a toddler much simpler. He can tell stories about the time the dog had the bird in its mouth and we got the bird from the dog and took the bird outside. When he dropped his toy into a hole in the floorboards, his signing conveyed to me what had happened (since I didn't witness it.) When he got cactus thorns in his hands and was, naturally, screaming as I took them out, he signed "water." I got him a drink of water and he calmed down. Without the ability to make that request, he would have kept screaming (I never would have thought to give him water.) Some people have questioned if sign language at our level will delay speech. I asked a developmental pediatrician about that. She considers children who sign bi-lingual. Bi-lingual children often do have slight delays in their speech. However, the brain development that occurs is so beneficial that it is better for the children. At 19 months our son has his 70 signed words and about 20 spoken words. He spends much of each day repeating a verbal word he is just now learning (dishes is one of his favorites.)
This book fits the bill perfectly. Every sign is relevant to a young child. The book isn't written for a college classroom so you don't have to for hunt for lemon in the middle of words like lesbian and Lenin. The pictures are simple and clearly illustrate the signs. The memory aids for the signs are extremely helpful. The book shows where differentation is needed (ie the homophone right) to ensure you are using the correct sign.
It does not cover how or when or even why to sign with your baby/toddler. There are only 7 pages covering suggested usage; most of that is a FAQ about ASL. The book has all the beginning signs (milk, more and food), just not how to introduce them. An established method for teaching your child to sign is needed before this book can become truly useful.
It isn't good first book, but is a great second book after Sign With Your Baby isn't sufficient for your child's curiosity.
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous book!!!
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Easy to use
Even a great tool for adults to learn sign
Illustrations are easy to understand