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Raise hands, point fingertips against each other. For eating, playing and many other circumstances. This is a very important sign and will often avoid outbursts of frustration by your child.
Related Signs
Asleep : Bedtime - naptime.
Change : While changing diaper. (May find it helpful to pair this sign with the "potty" sign as the child matures.)
Clean : Cleaning after playtime or when washing hands
Clean (alternative) : When it is time for the child to put away toys. To tell the child that you are cleaning.
Climb : When playtime involves climbing
Cook : At dinner time when someone is cooking
Dance : Use this sign whenever child dances. If child pulls you toward him/her and wants you to dance ask, "Do you want to dance with Mommy?" while signing. You may also want to teach the sign for "music" which is the same gesture, but instead of the index finger and middle finger open, all of the fingers are open and close together (ie. palm waving over arm.)
Dance : To play or put on a show to have fun
Dress- Up : For playing with dress- up clothes
Drink : When child requests a drink; While asking the child if he/she is thirsty.
Eat : Use this sign to ask child if he/she is hungry and wants to eat. Use it consistently just before offering food to child so child will link the concept to the sign and be able to request something to eat in the future.
Fast : When introducing opposites like fast vs. slow.
Finished : During mealtime, use sign to ask child if they are finished eating. During bathtime, use to ask child if they are ready to get out of tub. Same as "All Done."
Glue : They will ask for glue to make an arts and crafts
Go : To tell the child to go or to do the sign when you are in the car and the light turns green
Goodbye : This is one of the earliest signs that a non-signing child masters, however this is not the extent of their capabilities. Use this sign when entering or leaving an area while saying "hi" or "bye".
Hear : To sign all of their sences and if you read a book they miht sign hear to talk louder
Hello : To say hello to someone coming in or coming
Help Me : Use this sign whenever a child appears to be frustrated by the inability to accomplish a task. Sign "Help Me" and provide assistance. This is a great frustration reducer to use when the child reaches walking age.
Help Me (Alternative) : This is an alternative to American Sign Language that has been used by many infants. It is easier to master this sign than the traditional version.
Hide : To play hide and go seek and they sign hide because they want to hide
Hop : To race hopping or to hop to a place
Kiss : If the child wants a kiss or wants to give you one then they will sign this
Lights Off : When the lights go off the child might sign this
More : For eating, playing and many other circumstances. This is a very important sign and will often avoid outbursts of frustration by your child.
Music : To play music or is telling you that they want to
No : Use this sign to get his/her attention. You may find that the child responds quicker to the word "no" when it is accompanied by the sign. This is commonly used if the parent/caregiver is on the telephone and unable to verbally reprimand child or in social situations where the parent wants to stop the child but does not want to embarass child in front of others.
No Touch : Use this sign whenever it is unsafe for a child to touch something (ie. light socket, stove, scissors.)
Painting : To tell you that they want to paint
Picnic : If the child wants to have a picnic
Read : If the child wants to read a book
Ride : If the child wants to ride their bike or in the car
Sit : At the dinner table or in a resturant
Stand : To encourage to stand when a baby
Stop : To stop running or doing anything
Swim : To go in the pool
Swing : Use this sign to ask child if he/she wants to swing. This sign may also be used for "rock" when the child wants to sit in a rocking chair.
Water : Use this sign when the child is in the bath or pool; while walking next to a lake; or to ask the child if he/she would like some water.