Baby Sign Language at the New Tampa Regional Library
Did you know that your child can communicate effectively with you, even before learning to speak? Baby Sign Language is a great way to help your baby or toddler learn to communicate using their hands. Because hand-eye coordination develops earlier than verbal skills, teaching young ones to sign can alleviate frustration and cut down on tantrums.
Come explore the world of Baby Sign Language at the New Tampa Regional Library every Wednesday from 11-11:30 a.m. This program follows Toddler Time, offered at 10:30 a.m., so stick around to learn even more ways to interact with your little one.
While you can begin modeling baby signs from the time your baby is born, most babies begin to show interest between 9-12 months. Not sure if your baby is ready for Baby Sign Language? Ask yourself the following questions, found in one of our library resources, Baby Signs; How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk, by Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn:
Is your baby at least six months old?
Is your baby beginning to point to things?
Is your baby holding out/bringing toys or objects to you and looking for a response?
Is your baby beginning to wave ‘bye-bye?’
Is your baby beginning to shake his/her head “no” or “yes?”
Is your baby beginning to take an interest in picture books?
Is your baby frustrated when you don’t understand what she wants/needs?
Are there still important things your baby doesn’t have words for?
Below are just a few of the many baby sign language resources available from your library:
- Talking Hands: Discovering Sign Language. Brainy baby.
- Baby Sign Language Basics. Hay House.
- Baby Signing Time. Two Little Hands Productions (The library owns 4 volumes of this DVD series, as well as accompanying music CDs for each)
- Baby Signs; How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk. Acredolo, Linda.
- Baby Sign Language Basics: Early Communication for Hearing Babies and Toddlers. Briant, Monta Z.
- Knack baby sign language : a step-by-step guide to communicating with your little one. Chafin, Suzie
- The Parents Guide to Baby Signs: Early Communication with Your Infant. Sebrey, Leann.
For more information about these and other FREE programs @ your library®, call (813) 273-3652 or visit http://www.hcplc.org/.