Did you know that babies look at the human face for longer periods of time than any other object? The reason can be argued that it is because that is how they learn language. ASL may not be a verbal language, but looking at the human face is just as important as the hands to learn the language as the facial expression depicts the meaning of the word.
"Wake up" and "Surprised" are essecntially the same sign, but it is the facial expression that gives the other person the idea of which word is being expressed.
Take away -
Use maximum facial expression when demonstrating new signs to your baby, babies learn most by looking at our face!
Joann Woolley is owner and instructor of Sign4Baby in San Diego teaching parents how to communicate with their pre-verbal baby using American Sign Language. With her in depth knowledge of ASL as her first language she takes you beyond just the basics in signing, also filling your parenting tool belt with parenting tips and tricks coupled with signing as a great boundary teaching tool for toddlers. Want to know which signs most parents start with but gets them stuck in the mud? I'll send you that hundred dollar tip for FREE.