Noah has been enjoying his time at the Child Watch program at the Y. A few weeks ago, the director asked if I could come up with a few signs to share so that Noah would be understood when he signs. I’ve come up with nine basic American Sign Language signs that are commonly used at home and in the childcare setting; Mommy, Daddy, water, thirsty, all done, more, potty, ball and hurt.
Download the free printable PDF here: Functional Sign Language for the Childcare Setting
For many children with Down syndrome, apraxia, and other speech delay, motivation can be a real problem. There is nothing more frustrating to a child than attempting to communicate with someone who isn’t understanding them. On the flip side, there is nothing more motivating to a child struggling with speech than to have the people around him understand and respond to his attempts to communicate.
Please share these signs with your child’s school, babysitter, daycare center, Sunday school class, grandparents, and anywhere else your child may be at risk for not being understood.
Thanks to http://www.babysignlanguage.com for allowing me to use their graphics.