While the information about sharing signs with your child seems useful, I was very disappointed to see that this book does not use American Sign Language. Instead, it encourages parents to develop signs with their child. Personally, I think that it's important to use ASL, and given that many signs are fairly intuitive, I think that developing your own set of signs sort of defeats the purpose of teaching sign language to your children. How will my children communicate with people outside of the immediate family? With ASL, there is a possibility that they could, with self-developed signs there is no chance.
My son did not speak until 15 months. From 11 months to 18 months, we used this book to aid in communication with him. It wasn't until the day that he said his first word that we realized he had been using his own sign for "kitty" since he was 7 months old.
I like how this book recognizes that not all signs have to be formal. They just have to have meaning for your child. The pictures in the book are very simple and easy to understand.
This was a really fun book to use. I always thought kids were just 'blank slates' with no knowledge of anything other than their needs. This book helped me become more in tune with those needs and opened a line of communication with my child that helped me realize she was much deeper than that.
It helped also with her learning language. We speak 2 languages and if she didnt understand the translation there was always the sign to rely on.
By no means did this retard her growth and learning. I think it opened her mind to learning more!
I think this book is very helpful. Babies are often frustrated wanting to communicate before they are verbal. Kids understand language well before they can talk. This book is a great resourse.
This is an excellent book for anyone who is thinking about using baby signs or is currently using baby signs. There is a section in the back that gives suggestions for words to sign and how to sign them.