We later discovered that one of the twins has a speech disorder called Apraxia, so knowing some sign language has meant the world to him. We actually all started learning more signs when we discovered this and we noticed a big change in him - he was less frustrated and more social with children and even adults. Even his speech therapist noticed the change.
If you want to teach your child baby signs, or ASL, there are many great resources.
Here are some that I have used and recommend:
- Baby Signs book by Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn
- Babies and Sign Language website - signing glossary (with photos)
- Baby Signs Quick Reference Guide
- Signing Times DVDs (recommended by our speech therapist and our favorite resource)
To anyone that has interest and is wondering if it is worth it, in my opinion and experience it definitely is. Here is a great interview with Rachael Coleman the creator of Signing Times on the Multiples and More Blog.
How about our other moms? Did any of you use sign language with your babies? When did you start? What worked best? What resources were invaluable or helped the most? Any tips? Let us know!
Thinking about teaching your baby sign language and have questions? Ask us!