Learning First Words in Sign Language Activity
Description: If you’re working with children who are not speaking yet, or who have very few words, sign language can be a great place to start. I recommend learning the sign language signs to common first words and starting there. You can model those words for the child and teach other caregivers to model them as well. If the child is interested, hand-over-hand assistance can be given to help the child learn how to form the signs. For the first words, I suggest about half nouns that are interesting to the child, and half relational words, such as actions, descriptors, non-existence (all gone), cessation (stop, no), etc. You can download our pack of sign language for first words using the link below. Or make your own list!