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Why learn American Sign Language?
Signing opens a child’s world of learning and communication.
Why sign with my baby?
Baby Sign Language lets babies communicate their needs rather than crying.
Where do I start learning ASL?
Ages 0-3 Baby Signing Time, Ages 3-8 Signing Time, and Ages 8+ SignIt ASL
How do I start learning using American Sign Language with individuals with special needs?
The use of American Sign Language (ASL) can open up the world of communication for children who have special needs because it supports the development of expressive language, functional communication, and social skills. Read more.
Research shows there are benefits of signing on cognitive, linguistic and social-emotional development.
Learn more from the White Paper: Signing with Babies and Children. Download here.
Written by Dr. Claire Vallotton
Michigan State University
Our Sign Language learning system starts with Baby Signing Time and Potty Time. Baby Sign Language lets babies communicate their needs rather than crying. Children are able to understand language as early as 6 months, however the ability to speak requires complex fine motor skills that don’t develop until much later. The result is frustration and tantrums. Signing Time will introduce your child to over 1,000 ASL signs. Signing Time Sentences teaches all ages how to put your signs together in conversation. Rachel and the TreeSchoolers teaches preschool science through songs and signs. Our learning system contain over 40 sign language videos.
Our mission is to bring the benefits of American Sign Language and active learning to people of all ages and abilities. Our learning systems offer a wide range products including sign language videos available on DVD and Digital Download format, sign language charts, e-books, CDs, mp3 music albums and PDF guides.
Start learning sign language with one of our Sign Language Systems. Ages 0-3 Baby Signing Time, Ages 3-8 Signing Time, and Ages 8+ SignIt ASL. (Learn about each system below.) Our all of our systems include sign language videos that teach ASL vocabulary through music, visual cues, written word and modeling by Rachel, Alex, Leah and other children. We also have a network of Signing Time Academy Instructors who teach classes.
Why sign with my Baby? Baby Signing Time helps you break the communication barrier so you can communicate even before your baby learns to talk. Your child’s first 100 words in signs, songs, and stories!
How do I potty train my child? Potty Time uses songs that help children learn the potty routine, feel good about their bodies, and to try, try again even if there’s a few accidents along the way. No matter what age you start or which potty training method you use, you and your child will love this playful and positive potty training support program.
Why sign with my child? Signing helps children get ready to read by building early literacy skills. When children sign, they can get their whole bodies engaged in story time! For older children, signing can help them learn and remembers letters, numbers, and words.
How do I help my child love learning? Our newest series teaches essential preschool skills. Rachel Coleman and her TreeSchool friends will help your child learn to ask questions, wonder, understand, and share. Welcome to the magical world of Rachel and the TreeSchoolers!
How do I start learning American Sign Language? SignIt ASL is ideal for anyone with an interest in learning beginning sign language. Learn ASL vocabulary, phrases, sentences, grammar, Deaf culture, and much more! Featuring the stars of Signing Time (Alex, Leah and Rachel Coleman), and ASL comedian Keith Wann.
SignIt ASL Includes:
The Signing Time Academy is the educational division of Two Little Hands Productions. Our mission is to bring the benefits of ASL and active learning to children of all abilities through Certified Instructors who offer classes, products, and personal support to parents and teachers in their communities.
Our instructors offer sign language lessons for parents and children base on our Baby Signing Time Curriculum, the Preschool and Child Care Program, the Signing Time Classroom Edition and more. Signing Time Instructors also offer parent workshops, teacher training, summer camps, and free presentations.
Find a Signing Time Academy Instructor near you by clicking here.
The Signing Time Preschool and Child Care Program gives you music, videos and easy-to-do activities that teach language and social skills through signing. This complete package contains all the resources you need to add music, movement, signing, and fun to your early childhood classroom, playgroup, or day care program. Includes 4 teacher guides, each with 7 themed units, 4 Baby Signing Time DVDs, 4 Baby Signing Time Music CDs, 4 Reference Charts, and 4 Resource CDs with hundreds of printables. Includes a free binder for easy storage.
Each unit is organized around a dozen or more signs and contains fun activities for sign language practice. The DVDs in this program consist of previously released material from our best-loved, award-winning Signing Time series, edited to deliver the most critical teaching segments by topic. The music CDs contain favorite Signing Time songs and sing-along accompaniment tracks. Teacher Resource Disc contains the printables for each lesson.
The use of American Sign Language (ASL) can open up the world of communication for children who have special needs because it supports the development of expressive language, functional communication, and social skills. Both parents and professionals appreciate the convenience it affords. With signs, there is no communication device or book to tote, no charging or replacing batteries, no forgetting it at home. Your hands are always with you! In addition to providing a convenient form of functional communication, signing helps children with speech and language disorders improve both their receptive and expressive language skills!
Baby Sign Language lets babies communicate their needs rather than crying. Children are able to understand language as early as 6 months, but the ability to speak requires complex fine motor skills that don’t develop until much later. The result is a frustration and tantrums.
On the other hands, the motor skills required to use sign language develop much sooner than spoken language. Children who learn baby sign language can start using signs as early as 6 to 9 months! The result is a baby who can express her wants and needs.
For babies, sign language is a visual language. Many basic signs resemble what they mean. For example, to sign ball, you show the shape of a ball with your hands. See some examples on our Baby Sign Language Dictionary. This makes sign language fun and easy for kids.
Teaching your baby sign language can unlock the world around them and give their minds a head start.