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Sign Language for Babies: Part 2 – Video

Daddy Clay: Today the master teachers at the
Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory at the University of Texas teach us some useful
signs. Daddy Brad: Daddy Clay we’d like to thank
our sponsor BabyBjorn, makers of this wonderful chair. You know what that means?
Daddy Clay: I’m gonna guess potty. Daddy Brad: Potty.
Daddy Clay: Let’s learn some signs. Jennifer Bryce: Sure with toddlers when we
have those communications episodes that break down communications, often times it’s when
they are hurt or when they’re sick. And it’ll be times of crying or stress where they aren’t
able to communicate. So one way as a parent or as a teacher to communicate with that child
is to ask them, “Are you hurt?” And this is the sign for hurt, and it’s a directional
sign. So depending on where you sign this can help you ask the question. Does your ear
hurt. Is that why you’re crying? Does your throat hurt? Did you hurt your knee? You can
say, “Do you need help? Can I help you?” And this is another directional sign, help. So
“Can I help you or will you help me?” If you have kids together, maybe in a classroom or
siblings or a playmate, and they have a conflict over a toy and it escalates. One way to help
them communicate with each other is to maybe get signs in the middle of them like, “Can
you guys share?” And it kind of separates them physically and helps cool down the situation
a minute and kind of distracts them with the sign. Or could you help him? Or could you
help her? Or will you give that to him? Or if it’s a little more serious, you can say
“Stop”. Kind of get right in the middle of them and try to maintain the space between
them. Also you can talk about feelings. If someone has their feelings hurt, so they’re
crying and they could be hurt but you don’t see blood say, “Are you sad?” Or “Are you
mad? Are you angry? Did you get your feelings hurt?” And you can talk about feelings hurt.
So you can build upon the signs. Daddy Clay: We want to thank our good friends
at the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory at the University of Texas.
Daddy Brad: We’d also like to thank our sponsors BabyBjorn, makers of this wonderful chair.
Daddy Clay: That’s all for us this week in The Lab. Dude, enough with the potty talk.

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