When will my child sign back to me?

Are you patiently waiting for the day that you baby starts to sign back to you? Find out what expert Heather Ellington has to say about sign language communication between you and your baby.
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When will my child sign back to me?

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You can start signing with your baby as soon as they are born, but they are not going to start signing back to you until they are ready, usually at about eight to ten months, if you've been consistent and they are ready to start to sign back. Every baby is different. Every child has a different rate of developing their communication skills, so it really depends on your baby and how consistent you are in using the signs and which signs you use. You can probably expect your child to start signing back around eight to ten months, depending on when you started. If you have any concerns about your child's speech and language development, you should talk to your child's pediatrician or a speech and language pathologist.

Are you patiently waiting for the day that you baby starts to sign back to you? Find out what expert Heather Ellington has to say about sign language communication between you and your baby.

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Heather Ellington

Baby Sign Language Instructor

Heather graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Special Education in 2007 and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Communicative Disorders and Sciences at California State University, Northridge. Heather began learning ASL in college, and has volunteered for an inclusion class for Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Multiple Disabilities at the elementary school level, where she also worked as an interpreter. Heather marvels at the way sign language has helped children, babies, and parents get their needs met effectively and in a fun way, while promoting literacy, speech, and language development.

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