How to Learn Sign Language for Children

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How to Learn Sign Language for Children
Sign language can be taught to hearing children as well as hearing-impaired children. (Sign Language image by sonya etchison from Fotolia.com)

Sign language is not just for hearing-impaired children. It is also used with children who have special needs. Parents have even begun to use sign language with babies to give them a way to communicate before they can actually talk. If you are interested in teaching your children how to sign, there are several tools available to help you, such as videos, worksheets, and flashcards.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sign language flashcards
  • Sign language videos
  • Sign language worksheets
  • Internet or sign language software

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Sign the alphabet and basic words and phrases such as "all done" and "more." Do this while saying the letter or word at the same time. Have your child repeat the sign. Once your child grasps the sign, you can move on to more signs.

  2. 2

    Use flashcards to review signs that you have already taught your child. The flashcards are great because the children can study them on their own time. They are also portable so you can work on them while waiting in a doctor's office.

  3. 3

    Play sign language videos for your child. Depending on the child's age, you may want to play the video 10 minutes per day, or 30 minutes per day.

  4. 4

    Print out some worksheets to see how many signs your child remembers.

  5. 5

    Set your child up online with an interactive program, such as PBS's Sprout. Your child can watch and practice signs while using the computer. Sprout is free, but you can also purchase sign language software programs to install on your computer if you do not have the internet.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not know sign language yourself, you may want to bring in a sign language teacher to teach your child.

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