Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Baby Sign Language Made Easy - Lane Rebelo

A book that does what it says on the cover. It does make baby sign language easy.

The author knows how busy parents are. They need a book that will get to the point and help them now. And, she says as much in her introduction - "I know you don't have the time to or desire to read hundreds of pages about the history of sign language.."

So, from the get go, the parent is given practical and useful tools to learn sign language and also teach them to baby. Words such as "milk", "ball" and "bed" are shown with an image of a child making the sign as well a brief explanation on how to create the word with their hands.

Divided in to eight chapters from Family and Feelings to Animals, the book quickly establishes confidence in teaching a child to communicate. Each word has it's own page and Rebelo gives memory tips regarding how to remember to sign a word. Example when signing "bath", the memory tip is "It's like you're washing your body in the bath." Furthermore, the book will give hints as to what to look for when seeing if the baby is signing (back).

This book is brilliant in its simplicity and ease of use. The chapters don't have to be read in order, it's simple to go from Chapter One to Chapter Five. I especially like that the author gives ideas on how to use the sign language when reading or singing songs. It's informative, humorous and filled with helpful suggestions. 

Overall, highly recommended for any parent or caregiver who wants to learn and introduce sign language in their everyday lives. And, it's not geared towards children with hearing problems. It's for every baby who can't talk yet, it's an effective tool for them to say "hey, change my diaper," in a few hand movements.

I received a copy of this book to review from the Callisto Media Inc.. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique.

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