Signing is a perfect way to communicate before they can verbalize what they're thinking. Special thanks to Melissa van Wijk, Founder of Signing Up (SigningUpLLC).
[MUSIC] For awhile there is this gap. Children understand something but they can't say it yet. So what we do by offering these signs is giving them a tool for expression at a time where they otherwise wouldn't have it just yet. The sign for where. Is like this. You wave your index finger back and forth, where. The sign for dog, you tap on your leg and then you bring ha, your hand up and rub your fingers like so. The sign for cat, you mimic the whiskers. You can use one or two hands, cat. The sign for hot, you bring your hand to your mouth and you turn it away. It's like you're putting something hot in your mouth. The sign for cold. You shake like this. That's cold. The sign for stop. One hand chops down on the other one. Stop. Go. You point two fingers away from you. Go. The sing for please. You make a circle with a flat hand on your chest. Chest. THat's please and then the sign for help. You have one fist with a thumb up and the other hand underneath it. That's help. And the way it works it goes I help you, you help me. [MUSIC]