Re: [xmca] Signing babies

From: J. Mark Jackson (
Date: Sun Jul 30 2006 - 17:54:42 PDT

Emily you offer that:

"eventually it petered out"

Seems that interesting research from a CHAT perspective could be found in
this phenomenon.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Emily Duvall" <>
To: <>; "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity"
Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2006 8:39 PM
Subject: Re: [xmca] Signing babies

> We began signing with our daughter when she was about 1 1/2 months,
> focusing on the things we thought she might need to tell us. By 3 months
> she could sign to have to her diaper changed. By six months she could
> easily tell us when she was hungry or wanted more. We had quite a
> repertoire of signs that we used from the Sign with Your Baby by J. Garcia
> and that we developed ourselves based on the book and our needs and
> abilities - including my husband's and my ability to remember them! Isis
> used the signs in conjunction with words as she began speaking and
> eventually it petered out, but her understanding of the functions of
> language as well as the use of words, signs and gestures seemed to help
> develop her communication skills early.
> My 2 cents worth... :-)
> ~ Emily
> Mike Cole wrote:
>> The increased use of sign language with pre-verbal kids appears to be a
>> growing practice (fad?). Anyway,
>> i thought perhaps this story might interest some xmcaogrifs.
>> mike
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