Sign Language Dictionary

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Doctor in Sign Language

Learn how to sign doctor and all about this important helper.

1. Bring one hand up in front of you, elbow resting near your belly, palm up, fingers curled lightly in.
2. Take your other hand and tap your pinky, ring, middle, and pointer fingers on the wrist of the first hand.
3. This sign looks just like a doctor is taking your pulse. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips

  • Create preschool learning games by enabling imaginative play. Provide a pretend doctor’s kit and encourage kids to roll play being a doctor and a patient. What kinds of things do you go see the doctor for? How do they help? Take turns with your child being the doctor or patient. Practice the sign for doctor as you go.
  • Recite the children’s poem “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” together. Each time Mama calls the doctor, practice the sign!

Doctor! Tap your fingers on your wrist, like a doctor taking a pulse.