Reduce toddler frustration by teaching sign language in daily routines: Part 3 actions

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Ideas for using "eat" in sign language during daily routines

  • Daily Activities: use eat during snacks and meals.

  • Play: pretend play with dolls, stuffed animals, puppets, plastic animals, favorite characters.

  • Books: find pictures of people and animals eating.

  • Comment when you see people eating on TV or in movies.


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Ideas for using "help" in sign language during daily routines

  • Daily Activities: use help when getting dressed.

  • Daily Activities: during snacks and meals, ex. pealing banana, cutting foods.

  • Daily Activities: opening food packages or containers.

  • Daily Activities: getting items out of reach.

  • Play: wind-up toys, pull back cars, blowing up a balloon.


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Ideas for using "go" in sign language during daily routines

  • Play: running, “Ready, set…. GO!”

  • Play: have toy cars, trucks, trains or other vehicles stop and go.

  • Play: passing a ball back and forth.

  • Play: on the playground. Hold them and pause at the top of the slide or swings and encourage them to say “go” before letting go.

  • Going Out: in the car when you start to go.


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Ideas for using "play" in sign language during daily routines

  • Play: ask your child “Want to play?”

  • Daily Activities: use the word “play” with pets, ex. “Let’s play with ___”.

  • Books: show your child pictures of characters playing.

  • Going Out: comment on kids playing at the park, ex. “playing soccer”.


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Ideas for using "open" in sign language during daily routines

  • Daily Activities: opening food packages or containers.

  • Daily Activities: opening doors, windows, cabinets and drawers.

  • Daily Activities: taking tops of milk, juice, toothpaste etc.

  • Play: doors and flaps on toys.

  • Books: when opening book and lifting flaps.

  • Going out: when opening doors.


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Ideas for using "stop" in sign language during daily routines

  • Play: yell “stop!” when chase/tag.

  • Play: have toy cars, trucks, trains or other vehicles stop and go.

  • Daily Activities: during bath time when splashing in the water.

  • Daily Activities: tell your child “stop” if they are doing something they are not supposed to.

  • Going Out: in the car when you stop.