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Is this the right book for me? Sign with Your Baby is the first comprehensive guide to signing with your baby to be produced by British authors. Unlike the many dictionaries on the market, it provides both practical and background information on how signing to and with your young child can enhance your communication, emotional bond and their language/behavioural development in many different ways. Authored in conjunction with the UK's most respected courses, 'Sing and Sign', the book offers firstly a full overview of the history and benefits of signing before outlining the essential signs and moving on to more detailed communication with your baby. From bilingual to special needs children, and covering development right up to the learning of the alphabet and phonics for older children, this practical and informative manual comes with embedded video, so you can practise and learn directly with your child at home. Sign with Your Baby includes: Chapter 1: History and principles of baby signing Early communication What is baby signing? How baby signing began The benefits of baby signing So, what about British baby signing? The Sing and Sign approach to teaching baby signing Chapter 2: The early basics, getting started and basic guidelines When should I start signing with my baby? Guidelines for successful signing When will my baby start to sign> Recognize your baby's first signs Getting started - your first basic signs Chapter 3: The next steps Introducing signs relevant to your child's world Early basics: 'where', 'help', 'open', 'no', 'yes' Routines: going out, nappy changing, bath and bed Motivating signs: animals and vehicles More useful signs Chapter 4: Emotional development Emotions: how does your baby feel? Pain and medicine Love and manner Chapter 5: Encouraging signing with children at home and in childcare Important people in your baby's world Baby's own picture book Signing in a nursery setting Bilingual babies Twins and multiple births Signing dads Chapter 6: Special needs Development delay Down syndrome Speech delay Premature babies Deafness Glue ear Chapter 7: Signing with older children Getting ready for speech How signing facilitates speech development Speech sounds Reading a book together Phonics Colours Weather Potty/toilet-training When should you stop signing? Chapter 8: Frequently asked questions If my baby learns signs will she still learn to talk? What happens to signs as a baby begins to speak? Why is my baby taking a while to use signs? Could signing inhibit a baby's natural instinct to learn to talk? How could I encourage my child to sign to me more? What should I do if I am worried about my child's speech? What are the different signing systems? Help! I don't know the sign for... How can I learn the Sing and Sign way? Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and added features: Not got much time? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of baby signing. Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.