How to Teach: Sign for Diaper Change

There are a few phases to teaching the sign for diaper change. In this lesson, we’ll find out what they are.

Phase One

Step One

Before giving them a diaper change, make the sign with your eyebrows up.

(This means “Do you need a diaper change?”)

Step Two

While changing their diaper, sign the word for diaper change.

Step Three

When they are finished, sign “finished.”

After you do this for a week, start phase two of teaching. In phase two, the steps are as follows.

Phase Two

Step One

Before giving them a diaper change, make the sign with your eyebrows up.

Step Two

Make them sign the sign. Help them form the sign with their hand until they can do it on their own.

Step Three

While changing their diaper, sign the word for diaper change.

Step Four

When you are finished, sign “finished.”

This is the final phase. This begins after the child regularly signs in response to the signed question and, hopefully, uses that sign independently to express their want/need.

Phase Three

Step One

Before giving them a diaper change, make the sign with your eyebrows up.

Step Two

Wait till they sign before you give it to them.

Step Three

When you are finished, sign “finished.”

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