Sign Language Dictionary

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Stop in Sign Language

Learn how to sign stop – it comes in handy when you can’t always use your words or voice!

1. Hold one hand flat and palm up.
2. With the other hand also flat, lower it pinky-first into the first hand so they collide.
3. You can do this with more or less force depending on how important it is something stops right away!
4. This sign has oomph! As the hands collide they stop moving. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • This sign is also good for a variation on “Red Light! Green Light!” Practice the signs for stop and go. When you sign go your child can run. When you sign stop the child stops!
  • Sign language comes in handy when out and about. If your child is out of earshot or you are in a place that needs to be particularly quiet, you can get their attention and re-direct behavior by signing stop.

Stop. Use a flat hand to stop the other hand. Stop.

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