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Description - Baby Signing for Dummies by Watson

Have you thought about signing with your baby or toddler? Baby Signing For Dummies gives you the skills to connect in a meaningful way with your hearing baby or toddler. This friendly, easy-to-follow guide shows you how to use simple hand gestures and baby-specific signing techniques to start interacting with your baby and make learning more engaging. You'll discover how to: * Introduce signs to your baby * Get the whole family involved * Make everyday events easier with signs * Keep the baby safe with signing * Overcome stumbling blocks Packed with more than 150 illustrated signs, this book gives you the basic building blocks of baby sign language in easy-to-digest steps, answering the frequently asked question of whether to use ASL or make up your own signs. You'll learn which signs are best to start with and when to use them (MILK, BATH, BLANKET, BED, for example). Every sign is accompanied by step-by-step directions and an illustration of the sign - from meeting and greeting, people, and mealtime signs to clothes, animals, outdoor signs, and, of course, bath time and bedtime. You'll see how to: Decrease fussing and crying through signing Incorporate signing into daily life Help the baby sign combinations of words Use the baby's sense of wonder to spot signing opportunities Find outside help (Web sites, videos, and signing schools and courses) Complete with illustrations of the entire ASL alphabet, signing dos and don'ts, and ten songs to sign along with, Baby Signing For Dummies is the key to enhancing communication with your child and increasing his/her intelligence in a simple, fun, and rewarding way.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780471773863
ISBN-10: 0471773867
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 14mm)
Pages: 284
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Watson

Jennifer Hill Watson is the mom to three signing children. She began signing with her first daughter when her daughter was about 6 months old. At 41?2 years, her oldest now has over 300 signs. Jennifer?s second daughter is nearing 300 signs at age 31?2. Her son has 116 signs and 154 words at 19 months. A former teacher, Jennifer has taught in both private schools and Houston public schools. She teaches signing classes for babies and their parents in the Houston area and helps lead the Houston Signing Babies support group both on the Web and at regular meetings. Jennifer also speaks at national conferences to teachers on using American Sign Language in the classroom. Jennifer works with McGraw-Hill/Wright Group?s Early Childhood Division as an Early Childhood Consultant and teacher trainer. She volunteers as director of a preschool choir and leads confirmation classes with sixth graders in her church. She has a bachelor of science from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. Jennifer and her family currently live in Katy, Texas.

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