Teaching Signs in 7 Steps

This time we looked at how to teach your toddler to sign. This is such a rewarding phase for both you and your child, but it does need lots of practice, so have another adult help you out with this as much as you can. Remember to move through the seven steps each time you practice a sign with your child:

Remember the seven steps for teaching sign!

  1. Motivate
  2. Model
  3. Pause
  4. Prompt
  5. Help
  6. Reward
  7. Praise

Before you move on…

Using the methods we discussed in the video, choose a new sign and introduce it to your child.


Credit for “you cannot make a child speak but you can take their little hands and make them sign” is given to Laura Mize: Teach me to Talk, 2016. 11 Skills Toddlers MUST Use Before Words. Episodes 275-290. [podcast] Teach me to Talk. Available at: https://teachmetotalk.com/tag/laura-mize-podcast/.