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Baby Sign Language - Family Signs

  • Author Laura Berg
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This video lesson is a great extension to the How To Sign With Your Baby video. If you want to teach your baby more ASL baby sign language, then this video is perfect.

In this lesson, you will learn over 30 family and motivational signs to teach your child. Each sign has its own chapter marker so it will be easy for you to review the specific signs you are looking for. You will learn what exactly 'motivational' signs are and how to incorporate using them in your daily routine.

Laura is the mother of one of the internet's most famous signing babies and the founder of, a company that teaches baby sign languages classes.

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02/03/2010 jennifer7
I enjoy learning and teaching my boys sign language. I am impressed by how simple the lessons are to follow. Great!
Learning to sign
05/14/2009 leanna
Thanks for sharing your skills and giving us the opportunity to learn sign language. I am just learning for my 19 month old son who is speech delayed and this video is very easy to understand. The simple everyday words we use arent as difficult as i More thought and are pretty easy to remember. I am glad i can download this for me to refer back to and I will be downloading more in hopes that this helps my little man communicate with us. THANKS AGAIN. By the way your daughter is adorable! :)Less
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11/07/2008 Alex Jurek
I'm so excited to start working with my son on these signs. He's already a toddler, but the clip of Laura's little girl signing family signs is too cute! I know these will be helpful in understanding him, too, since he's learning to speak and it isn'More t always clear what he's saying. The family signs will be helpful, but the motivational signs are a great idea. Of course, it makes sense to teach the signs for the objects he's interested in! Now...anyone know the sign for "Elmo"?Less

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Mother Talking To Child
Mother: Hey Fireese! What is the sign for daddy?
Child: Daddy.
Mother: How about mommy?
Child: Mommy.
Mother: And how about grandma?
Child: Grandma.
Mother: Good. How about baby? What’s the sign for baby?
Child: Baby.
Mother: What’s that?
Child: Girl.
Mother: A girl. That’s right. And how about this?
Child: Boy.
Mother: Boy, that’s right.

Hi, my name is Laura. I’m a certified teacher and owner of a company called My Smart Hands, where we teach people how to sign with their babies.

In this lesson, I’m going to show you some family signs, and I’m also going to show you some motivational signs. I’ll talk to you a little bit more about that when we do that portion or the lesson. For now, let’s begin with family signs.

So, the two most important ones you are going to want to know how to sign is the sign for mommy, which you take your five hand and you just tap it on your chin like this. Or you can wiggle your fingers. Mommy. The sign for daddy is the same hand shape, the five hand, up on your forehead like this. Daddy. So, either wiggle or tap. They are both right. Daddy.

One thing I want to point out to that all of the male signs are made above the nose and all of the female signs are made below the nose. It’s a good thing to know, just the position of where to put your hands if you are making a sign.

The sign for grandma is the same way as mommy, except you bounce your hand along because what you are doing is you are showing the generations. Grandma. The same for grandpa. Grandpa. So if you are talking about great-grandma you keep going. If you are talking about great-great-great grandma keep going. So you are just showing the generations.
The sign for girl is, you take you’re A-hand shaped like this and you outline along your jaw line, like that. Girl. So think of when babies used to wear bonnets and they had the little ties. You are outlining the strap of the bonnet...

The sign for boy is done just by taping right here. So, think of the boys wearing a baseball cap. Boy.

The sign for baby is a natural sign like this. Baby. Like that.
Daughter is a combined sign of girl and baby. So daughter is girl, baby. Daughter.
Son is boy and baby. Son. Son. Like that.

The sign for sister is, you can either do the sign for girl and change the hand position down, taping like that. So your two L-hands taping each other. Or you can leave that hand shape. Touch where the girl sign would be and then tap like this. Sister.
So the sign for brother is made the sign boy and the same hand motion, or you do it like this and down here. So where the sign boy would be made, and tap down here. So brother. Or brother.

The sign for aunt is signed out here, like this. So girl, you are outlining your jaw with your thumb and aunt, you are just moving it a little bit. The A-hand shape down here.

The sign for uncle is your U-hand shape. Up here, Uncle.

The sign for niece is your N-hand shape down here at your jaw line.

The sign for nephew is your N-hand shape up here at your forehead. Nephew. Niece and nephew.

The sign for cousin, and this is where it is good to know that female signs are below the nose and male signs are above the nose because you use the C-hand shape like this and, if it’s a girl cousin you are going to sign is down here. If it is a boy cousin you will be signing up here.

The sign for family is your two F-hands like this and you move it around in a circle. So touching your thumb and your index finger together, making a circle, finishing, and touching your pinkeys together. Family.

The sign for friend is, you take your two index fingers and your link them together and then you change the position. Friend. Friend. We are friends.

Now I am going to talk to you about motivational signs.

What motivational signs are: they are the signs that you are going to teach your baby that they are interested in. So if you are playing with something and your baby shows interest in a ball, then you will show them the sign for ball. That’s a ball that you are playing with. So that’s the sign for ball. So you are not going to teach them the sign for light if they are playing with the ball because there is no motivation in them learning that sign. So you need to find signs that they are interested in. If they love books, then sign for book. Like that. Book. If they like animals, then you can teach them any of the animal signs that I showed you. If they like food, then you can teach them the food signs. If they like toys, then we will go through a couple of toy signs so that you can use for motivating them to pick up signs----

The first sign I am going to show you is the sign for book. Just like this. Just like you are reading a book. It is a natural sign showing the book opening. So if your baby likes to read, this is the sign for read, like you are scanning a page, a book, then they are going to be more motivated to learn the sign book. As I showed you just a few moments ago, the sign ball is like that. Showing the shape of a ball. The sign for block I’ve seen done two ways. I’ve seen it done in the shape of a box, like that. I’ve also seen it done with the modified C-hand shape sort of near your mouth and moving it down this way indicating the stacking of the blocks.

The sign for policeman is, you take you letter C and you put it here, sort of like where their badge would be. Cop. Police.

The sign for firefighter is your B-hand shape up at the forehead like this showing the shield of the firefighter’s hat. Fireman.

Another sign you can use is a sign for train. Do your two fingers like this, running along like that like it’s running down the train tracks.

The sign for car, maybe the baby likes cars, is like that. Just like you are driving a car. Think of the wheel of the car.

The sign for truck is like that. So thinking of the wheel of the truck, the old big wheel.

The sign for airplane is made with you “I love you” hand shape and you just motion it through the air. If you are talking about flying, you can fly it through the air. Airplane.

The sign for boat is, you cup your hand in the shape of a boat, like that, and you bob it through the water. Boat.

The sign for play, if your baby likes to play, is your two Y-hand shapes like this, moving them back and forth. Play, play, play.

The general sign for toys is your T-hand shape, like this, T, twisting them. Toys.

The sign for music is, you take your hands as though you are conducting music. Like that. So you just run it up and down your non-dominant hand. Music.

If your little one likes to dance, the sign for dance is like that. Show the sign stand, then dance with the movement.

So again, those are some signs that you can use as motivational signs. It’s watching your baby and seeing what they are interested in, because if you teach them those words, they are going to pick those ones up much faster than signs that you are trying to teach them that they may not be interested in learning. So you can teach them any of the food signs that I showed you in a past lesson, teaching them the signs for the foods that they are most interested in. If they don’t like broccoli, then it’s not worth showing them the sign for broccoli because they are not going to sign it. But if they really like bananas, then you are going to want to teach them that sign because they will be more likely to pick that sign up. Same with animals. If they are interested in cats and you are trying to show them the sign dog but they are not interested in dogs, then they are not going to pick that sign up as fast as if you showed them cat.

Another thing you can do, if your child has a favorite song that they like to sing, you can sign certain words in the song. You don’t have to sign every single word that you sing, maybe just pick one word per line and sign that. So, if you are going to sign the Itsy Bitsy Spider, what you can do is sing the Itsy, Bitsy SPIDER, went UP the water spout. Down came the RAIN. So you don’t have to sign every single word. When you get more comfortable with signing, what you can do is you can add more signs. The Itsy, Bitsy Spider went up the water spout. Down came the rain…So you can add more signs as you go. But that would be another good way to introduce signs into your daily routine.
Thanks for watching this lesson and, as always, if you have any questions please feel free to email me. I am always happy to answer them. Bye for now.