Bringing hands together and to mouth

The 3 month old baby Juli brought her hands together and explored her hands (fidgeting). Not much to say about it but it's a huge milestone in both physical and phonological development which lead to language development.

Juli held a single (index) finger in her mouth instead of the fist. She reached for the tiny rabbit or another object and explored it with hands and in mouth.

By 4 months, baby can put their hands in their mouths and has the strength to keep them there. Mouth is baby's window to the world. Hand is one of the firsts to explore.

Now that Juli discovered her hand and explored it in her mouth, she became more aware of the hands that she had been seeing the hands of adults that we used in our language.

Grabbing objects within reach

A week later (m4w4), Juli began to reach or grab and manipulated some objects, especially grabbing a plate on the table. She showed her desires to take a close look at things. Eye-hand coordination had become much finer.

Now Juli could grab some objects within reach on her own. But, some objects were still out of reach. Juli showed her particular interest in some objects by gazing at them.

Following her long gaze, I brought Juli to the objects to touch and explore. Her father had finally brought her close to the lamp which she had been wondering about ever since the day she was first brought home.

In the past days, Juli had been looking at the tripod standing around next to her play area. The tripod had been around since the day one and Juli probably wondered about it for a long time.

So, I brought her to the tripod to take an inspection.

Who knows what was going in her mind? You know, kids say or think the darnest cute things.

Signing styles

Juli had been fortunate to have an opportunity to meet some ASL natives and fluent signers in our daily ASL community, where she was exposed to different signing styles.

such a happy baby, indeed! See you later. bye-bye

An observable behavior showed that Juli smiled in response to Angela's talk last week. She appeared to detect an expression of Angela. This week again Juli smiled in response to a different signer.

This documentation project follows a baby's language acquisition, literacy development, and phonological acquisition in sign language, specifically ASL, week by week from gazing at birth to manual babbling, to first words just before the first birthday in a natural native-ASL environment and visual culture.

The second-year and third-year documentation continues to follow the same child's language and phonological acquisition and literacy development in ASL on a weekly basis from the one-word stage to two-word and multiple utterances.

The documentary continues to follow the same child's ASL language and literacy development on a regular basis from age three to four. It surveys ASL phonological acquisition and more complex utterances.

These posts on ASL-English bilingualism, language acquisition, and bilingual education may be of an interest for parents who raise a bilingual-bimodal child in ASL (or another signed language) and English (or another written and/or spoken language of its respective) as well as informative and educational for ASL specialists, educators, and professionals.