When Ruby was born I read that some children with Down syndrome have hearing disabilities.I wanted Ruby to be able to communicate with me and me with her no matter what.Someone told me about Signing Time by Rachel Coleman.I ended up buying the first two volumes of Baby Signing Time and started setting Ruby in front of the TV in her infant seat when she was just a few months old.The DVD's are very enjoyable and have catchy songs and cute children that demonstrate the signs.After just a few days of watching the DVD's Ruby's siblings and I were learning the signs.We started using the signs we had learned with Ruby .
Now, Ruby is 2 years old and can sign to me that she wants to watch Baby Signing Time.Ruby knows all of the signs on both DVDs and can say many of them also.
Ruby can sign and let me know when she is hungry and when she is full.She signs please and thank you and just this week has started saying "thank you" when she hands us something.She signs and says "sleepy" when she is tired and can sign and say "stop" when she doesn't like something.A couple of weeks ago Ruby hurt herself while she was playing and looked up at me with a pouty sad face and started signing sorry.She was sorry she had hurt herself.
Learning signs has helped Ruby with her verbal skills.Usually when Ruby learns a sign she learns to say the word that goes with it.
Signing Time is well worth the money and is an excellent way for all children to learn sign language.