There are ways to differentiate, but some might include fingerspelling...
A simple way would be to sign BEAR BROWN, or BEAR WHITE (whatever the color may be). Or you can add a characteristic that makes that doll unique, such as BEAR DANCER (if it's a bear with a tutu on!!!)... hard to describe without seeing your collection, but hope that helps.
My son sleeps with a stuffed baby doll (soft like a pillow, but in the shape of a doll). He got it when he was 6 months old for Christmas (and I love that he still has it and loves it). He calls it BLUE BABY, and we sign just that. We don't get into signing DOLL or S-T-U-F-F-E-D or any of that, so just think of the item, and get creative. Make it meaningful. Even if you add facial expression or something about it that's unmistakeable, then that would be great.
More examples: He also has a teddy bear he calls Carter Bear (the name that he gave it), so he signs "C" BEAR. He signs BLUE G-R for his Grover doll (from sesame street... kind of clever because when his father and I fingerspell G-R-O-V-E-R, he catches the beginning and end, and makes like he "signing" the name, too!!). He has a giraffe he sleeps with that he simply calls GIRAFFE (not adding "doll"), but if he had to explain the item, or ask "where is my giraffe?" he would sign GIRAFFE DOLL.
Last edited by jenml; 01-25-2008 at 06:35 PM.
mother to three CODAs:
Henry, 9, Successfully dealing with SPD & ADHD
and Aidan, 2 1/2