Is there a standard for infant sign language, or is it always based on ASL/BSL/the country you are living in? Or is it considered not to matter, since it's so limited and temporary (for hearing children)?

asked 12 Feb '10, 09:19

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To add to that: is there anywhere a free website where you can look up the signs? I don't think attending a course for that is really worth it...

(12 Feb '10, 10:38) brandstaetter

I wonder whether this earlier question and its answers may be of help to you. http://moms4mom.com/questions/1267/looking-for-a-good-online-sign-language-resource

(12 Feb '10, 13:44) Emi

@Emi thanks. Looks like this has yet to enter the free/open source domain...

(12 Feb '10, 15:08) brandstaetter

@brandstaetter In our area there are free infant sign courses you take with your baby. It's really baby/parent time and you learn signs at the same time.

(12 Feb '10, 20:17) Tammy ♦♦

@Tammy cool. The only course I found in my area was for-pay.

(14 Feb '10, 08:14) brandstaetter

There's no "official" infant or baby sign language, and while some people make their own signs up there's little reason to do so since babies can learn basic ASL (or the equivalent in your country), and there already exists a lot of teaching materials for existing sign languages. (source)

There is a free simple/basic ASL resource geared towards babies and their needs here:


Links to research and other in-depth information can be found here:



answered 12 Feb '10, 15:26

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I never understood why some people have special "made up" infant sign languages. They'll never use that again, for sure. They are perfectly capable of learning a lot of ASL (or pick the right standard for your country) and then at least there's a chance they'll pick it up again in their life and it'll be useful. Or that you, the parent, might use a few signs one day with somebody who speaks ASL as a first language.

(13 Feb '10, 01:35) lgritz

To your secondary question.

Handspeak is a website I enjoy using to refresh on baby signs and it is free. (Some parts of the website are not free, but the BabyTalk section is free.)

The signs are under the "Fun Activities" tab and there are three sections of signs.

The best part about the website is that when you click on a sign it is a video that shows you the sign...much easier than figuring it out from a picture or series of pictures!


answered 15 Feb '10, 19:18

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edited 15 Feb '10, 19:25

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I agree, much better to see (even simple animated GIFs are more valuable than instruction)

(16 Feb '10, 06:58) Sambe
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