How to Teach: Signing Thank You

There are a few phases to teaching the for “Thank you.” In this lesson, we’ll find out what they are.

Phase One

Step One

After giving them something, changing their diaper, or helping them with something, sign “thank you.” with raised, questioning eyebrows.

(This essentially means “Say thank you.”)

Step Two

Sign “You’re welcome.”

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

Phase Two

Step One

After giving them something, changing their diaper, or helping them with something, sign “thank you.” with raised, questioning eyebrows.

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

Sign “You’re welcome.”

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

After giving them something, changing their diaper, or helping them with something, sign “thank you.” with raised, questioning eyebrows.

Step Two

Wait till they sign it before signing back “You’re welcome.”

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