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Does it matter that we had kinda made up our own sign language?

Hi Jackie,
I have taught my 21 month old daughter a few signs like, food, drink, sleep, poo and wee and it works incredibly well. Especially when she can tell me whether she is thirsty or hungry. Thanks so much for the inspiration! I just wanted to ask if it mattered that we had kinda made up our own sign language? Just that she has sort of adapted it to what she can do with her little hands. Or should we stick to the universal signing?
Thanks for your help
Jo

Jacki...
Answer: Hi Jo, Thank you for your email. As long you understand your daughter, that is the most important thing. The reason I encourage the use of Auslan is that is the national sign language of Australia and it is the sign system that the majority of child care centres are using. By using an established set of signs, you have consistency and can ensure that your baby will be understood wherever they go. If you have used abbrieviated or made up signs for some time, I would continue with these signs as you do not want to confuse your daughter. Best of luck and let me know how your daughter progresses. Jackie
Answered: 01 Dec 2008