My friend Emily asked how best to teach ASL to her children, who are beautiful and intelligent and thoughtful boys who happen to have the normal number of chromosomes. I suggested that she try my all-time favorites, Signing Time! by Rachel Coleman, and loaned her the first tape.
I love the Signing Time! series for many reasons: it’s a mother-owned business; the tapes/DVDs feature children of all ages and abilities modeling the signs; the method also introduces prereading skills and makes an easy transition into the PECS system, should you choose to go that way.
But my very favorite reason for teaching any child ASL is something Emily said to me: it’s like having your very own secret language, one that you can use wherever you are, wherever you go. Something you’ll always have together, to share.