Handy Hints for Learning Sign
REPEAT IN CONTEXT...OFTEN!
As a hearing child, your child will learn best by seeing the sign with the word EVERY TIME you say it. Which means getting into the habit of signing it yourself. Saying the word and signing it 3 times in succession is also helpful, such as " Smile for mommy, please. Please. Please."
Keep it in context. If your asking a child if they want "more?" for example, be sure there is more to offer. Be it more food, more milk or more snuggles.
Another aspect of context is facial expression. If you are asking them to sign something pleasing for you, keep a bright smile on your face and make sure they are having fun as well, (not stressing out because you are taking too long to give them their bottle, for example)
But if you are teaching an older child a word like "Stop!" or "No" to keep them out of danger, keep a stern look on your face. Don't scowl or look angry, but a face that lets them know you're taking charge.
Learn Your Finger Alphabet
Many ASL signs can be described how to do by using a signed alphabet letter, its a mental hint to help you remember the shape your hand should be in to make the sign.
This is also handy for teaching your children the Alphabet as they get older as well.And if a non talking child learns to spell their first name, they can spell it to a police officer if they ever get lost.
The signing will come, the more they see it the sooner the child will attempt to form the sign themselves. A baby may only learn one sign a week, a toddler or preschooler up to 3 words a week. Don't move on to new words until you see they have a grasp on the one you are already working on. Make learning these signs an enjoyable time for you and your child.