EARLY SIGN LANGUAGE VOCABULARY FOR TODDLERS
This is the list of signs that we suggest parents start off with if they have a late talking toddler or one with a speech delay.
The reason we chose these signs are because:
They make immediate impact in a toddlers every day life. These are words he or she is already trying to use
These signs are useful right away and can reduce frustration
These signs get your toddler what they want and so they are motivated to use them
Each sign below has a link to a video at Baby Sign Language where you can find more signs for your toddler's favorite items (your pet dog, a toy train).
We recommend choosing no more than 3 signs to start out with and when you show your child the sign, say the word with it. Once your child is using those, add some more. And don't expect that your toddler will just watch you use the sign and then start using it.
Learning to use sign takes practice and repetition. You might also need to shape your child's hands initially to get them to use it at the appropriate time. Also, when you show your child the sign, say the word with it.
*Thanks to Baby Sign Language for the fabulous illustrations and videos.