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The Signing Time! company sent us some of their products for review for the website. Included in my box of goodies were Signing Time videos and music.

Let me preface by saying that we have incorporated signing with our children since my son was around eighteen months old. Ethan had a speech delay and it was a very frustrating time for him and for myself. He made no audible sounds and would not even turn towards me when I would say his name.

We started speech therapy with him and the speech therapist encouraged us to sign with Ethan. She gave me a book on signing and asked us to start implementing sign language in our home. We were open to anything, but I had big reservations that he would rely on signing instead of talking to us. I was worried that this would delay the process longer, but within a week we noticed a remarkable difference in our son.

The tantrums stopped and he began to sign and tell us what he needed. Gradually, he began saying the words with the signs. Then he stopped signing and began just speaking. Who would have thought this is what we needed for him?

Since then, I have been a big believer in signing with your kids. Emily seems to have a speech delay, but we know how to use signing with her and I feel like I have a better idea of what I am doing this time.

Our family really loved these movies from Signing Times! Rachel Coleman, the star behind the series, sings beautiful songs and teaches children through her music how to sign. She wanted to do the series because she had a deaf child and then a daughter born with spina bifida & cerebral palsy. Both of her children struggled with communication and she began the series to try and teach them (and later other children) how to communicate through sign language.

These videos are an invaluable teaching tool and are used widely by educators, pediatricians, homeschoolers, speech therapists, public schools, daycares, libraries and families. They offer a wide array of products from babies until eight years old.

Rachel’s hopes come from a personal goal, “My hope is that everyone will know a little sign, just as most people know a little Spanish- so when your child seems my child at the park, there would be no awkwardness, no communication barrier- just three signs… ‘Hi-Friend-Play’ that is all it would take to change her world.”

We thank the Signing Time! company for giving us the opportunity to review their products. We would highly recommend their products to any family who would like to begin incorporating sign language in their homes.

Sound Off: Have you used sign language in your house? What have been your favorite teaching tools?


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    We have been signing with my hearing son since he was 4 months old. At 6-7 months he produced his first sign “milk”. It was great! One time he was fussy and I couldn’t figure out what he wanted I looked and he was signing milk. It wasn’t time to eat but his tummy was ready! I wouldn’t have known had he not signed it to me. By age 12 months he knew and used approx 50 signs. Now at almost 2 he doesn’t sign much anymore but speaks in sentences up to 7 words long! I attribute it to signing. He learned about language at an early age and as he learned to talk he used less and less sign. Now, he is an excellent communicator. I tried to get pictures of him signing and some are so precious. Glad to know that signing worked for others as well!

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    I stumbled across your blog and wanted to comment on the Signing Time series.

    My son is 2 and we have been signing with him since he was 10 months old (Mostly to avoid high chair tantrums :) Now that he is older he uses sign language and verbal communication to speak to us. Sometimes we don’t understand which word he is saying, but when he signs we’re able to “dicipher” what he is saying and avoid a meltdown.

    He loves the signing time videos and gets so excited whenever we watch them. We found that it’s great to do as a family and even though my son’s verbal communication isn’t lacking we will continue to teach him sign language as a second language.

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    We watch Signing Time on PBS. I didn’t know about the videos…I’ll have to check them out. Thanks!

    Funny you should mention speech delays..both my children have speech delays as well. Ds is almost ten and still has a slight delay with conversational skills – word retrieval. He was very delayed, he tested at the two year old speech level when he was age four. Dd is two and speaks one or two words, but understands a lot.

    I’ll have to do a post on this someday. We have used at-home speech therapy with ds which was very helpful.

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    My dgs has a deaf child in his class 1st grade so they are being taught sign so they can communicate with her. My youngest dd had a best friend that was deaf and my daughter took class at the school for deaf so she could be certified in it and also have a loving friendship with her still best friend for going on 14 years now.

    Vicki (Wheezymom)

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    Hi Amy! I have been visiting your blog for a couple of months now and tell my friends all about it! Anyway, I’m finally posting!

    About the signing times videos. My girls LOVE them. I did sign with my first child even though she was above her age for speaking ability. I loved using them whenever we were in the car and she would throw her 2 yr old tantrum. There’s not much you can do while driving. But I would say, “what’s this sign?” or “show me the sign for_____” and she would stop and think about it and I could usually distract her with this for several minutes (or at least until we got home) I loved that!

    Now, my second child is a little behind in verbal skills at 16 months old, but I’ve been teaching her since 10months and so we understand what she needs or wants, all thanks for sign language! Both of my girls still love to watch signing times!!

    By the way, THANKS! I love your site, advice, FREEBIES, everything!!!

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