We love receiving updates from families around the world who have found our classes and books helpful. It is just so thrilling to see how the gift of communication has made such a difference in their lives! Please have a look at what some of our signing families have shared below, and consider sharing your story too! We also love to receive your signing pictures!
Rebecca- San Diego, CA
Hi Monta –
I just wanted to send you a note to say thank you for doing what you do. Parker and I really enjoyed your classes and your story times. We started taking your classes when she was about 7 months. I had been using signs at home since she was 4 months…but it wasn’t until we had so much fun at your classes that she really caught on. At about 9 months, she had 2 signs…and at 10 months she had about a dozen and wanted to know what the sign was for everything. That phase was so much fun and exciting for both of us! We are no longer in San Diego and are now living with family who haven’t seen her in months. They are so impressed that she can communicate through sign language! Actually, they are amazed. She has about 25 signs now (granted many of them are approximations because she just doesn’t have the motor skills yet…but I know what she is trying to do…so we keep practicing).
At her first birthday party a couple of days ago while we were opening gifts, and a friend of mine said, “she keeps hitting her chest with both hands like a gorilla” and laughed. And I said, “oh, that’s just her sign for ‘help’…she’s asking me to help her unwrap this.” I think everyone was momentarily stunned. Throughout the day people started picking up on her signing and began asking me what they meant so that they could understand her. It was very cool.
I’ve attached a picture of Parker signing ‘baby’ as we were opening her present. Someone had given her a doll 🙂
I’m so glad that we bought your Songs for Little Hands set with the CD, flash cards, and book. We play at least a couple of songs a day and her little arms and hands go crazy…it’s ridiculously cute!
Rebecca & Parker
Laura Hill, San Diego, CA
I have been meaning to write about Fletcher’s signing. He is 18 months old now and talks a little bit, but only says “tick-tock” with any certainty! Everything else is mostly just the first letter.
I stopped counting all the signs he knows but its over 100 easily. He even knows some of the letters of the alphabet. They aren’t perfect, but I know what his signs are and they are getting more precise as his dexterity improves with age. To say nothing of meaningful communication like “eat” and “change” there are a million fun things about having him sign.
I love knowing what he’s thinking about when I otherwise would not. For example, sitting in his car seat – he signed “swings” when we drove into a neighborhood where we once took him to some swings – months earlier!!). At the playground, he will approach a perfect stranger and sign “mommy” and then point at me – like he’s saying “That’s my mommy”. So cute!
But what’s probably the most valuable thing about having him sign in my opinion, is that he can express himself while he learns about the world, and get clarification from me. His signs show me how he is hearing / perceiving something. Often it is way off – but I can figure out why he thought it based on his signs, and clear it up for him.
For example, when I sing the diaper change song to him, the word “rush” is there. He always signed “hairbrush” at that exact time. He even had his hand ready when it was coming. So it reminds me how he is processing the words. Today, he pointed at a tractor in a book and I said “tractor” and he looked puzzled and signed “cracker” very slowly…like he wasn’t sure. It was priceless. So I said tractor again and he reached up and cupped his hand over my mouth (something I taught him to do to feel the difference between letters) while I said it again. Now he knows it isn’t “cracker” and I knew I had to clear it up for him.
We had an accident at home a while back and Fletcher’s foot got burned. He had to go to the hospital and it was very traumatic for him, but the fact he was able to sign “hurt” and ask me for things he wanted throughout the ordeal helped so much. When they wrapped up his foot he signed “paper” (for the gauze) and identified many other things in the exam room, some wrongfully (everything with a dial is a “clock”) but we were “talking” the whole time, even while he was crying, he was signing. He asked for his daddy when he could not see him. I know it made a huge difference that he could communicate so many things to us during that horribly stressful time. His foot is completely healed now, but to this day when I tell him something is hot, he signs “hot” then “hurt” and then points to his foot, and then signs “careful”. Seriously – he does all that!!!
I am sure you would be proud of this signing baby…people have asked me if he is deaf because he signs so much. lol. I tell them no, but if ever I am, we got it covered!!
Thank you Monta!
Laura & Fletcher
I started using your Baby Sign Language book over 4 years ago (as a Nanny) I absolutely love your book. I was asked by friends to be a Nanny for them to twin girls in France in 2010. I took your book with me 🙂 I started signing to the girls the day they came home from the hospital, by 7 months Celina was signing fish and other simple signs – amazing! Celina had to be hospitalized in Paris for a week, she was signing NO putting emphasis on her NO sign using her left hand closing her fingers (they had stuck her multiple times with no success to get an IV in) the nurse asked me in English what she was doing, I told him she was “screaming NO”. I was so proud of her, again it was your book and supportive words that made this possible. The hospital actually thought Celina was slightly retarded, unfortunately her parents neglected to tell them that English then English Sigh Language were her 1st & 2nd language. The nurse went home that night learned to say hello and sign his name for Celina, they created quite the bond after that! The twins actually now speak and understand English, English Sign Language, Dutch, French and a little German.
Currently I’m working part time in a pediatric urgent care, as it is impossible to communicate to a sick and scared child, I find if I sign they at least think I’m playing and they calm down and let me get their vitals and bond just a little. I have referred parents to your Baby Sign Language Basics book every day, I have to keep it written on a sticky note 🙂
Anyway, I’m sure you hear this all the time, I only wish I had your book when I was raising my children (but that would have been over 40 years ago). However I’m using it now 🙂
I so want to take classes so I can perfect my sign language skills then share it within my world.
Thank you so much for this book!
Christie- San Diego, CA
Monta, Ava is now 12 months old and wanting to know what everything is! It’s so exciting to be able to communicate with her as she learns the signs for the objects/ actions/ animals around us! I would like to ask you to recommend more extensive signing dictionary to help us keep up with her.
I did have this one picture of Ava when she was 9 months old, signing “MORE” while we were playing games on the floor. Not the greatest picture of her, but you can see her signing! It’s too bad I can’t send a video- we made a tape before Ava and Daddy before he left for the war in Iraq. There is a precious segment of him tickling and kissing her. When he stops, she signs for “MORE”. It’s so cute! Now that she’s a little older, she is also signing MILK, DRINK, EAT, PLEASE, HELP. TELEPHONE, HAT, BATH, SHOES and LIGHT. She understands several other signs, too. It is so exciting for us to be able to communicate with her like this. I am so glad we took your class!
Thank you so much,
Michelle McKean posted on our Facebook page
thank u so much for the information! yes ever since she has turned 6 months i have been doing more words now. I love the book and i always have it by my side so i can refer back to it if i need it. I knew some sign language already and i wasnt going to actually read the book, I was going to use it just to remind me of some signs since I did not use sign language everyday before having a baby. But one day i decided to read maybe just a couple of pages and i found myself reading the entire book and learning so much more than i expected! Thank u so much for an amazing book! I love it and recommend it to so many people! Btw if u write another book i got the perfect baby girl for the cover or photos needed for the book! =)
Submitted by Holly Conn, St. John USVI
(Learned with Monta’s book)
I just had to write and tell you that Avery & I had a sort of ‘signing eureka’ the other day… I was signing BOAT and pointing and signing and pointing, and she looked me straight in the eyes, squealed with delight, and signed BOAT right back. I laughed, kissed her, and said “Yes, that’s right!” and then she proceeded to show me all the signs she knew– pointing to my breast and signing MILK, pointing to the water bottle and signing WATER, pointing to a DOG and signing DOG and so on. It’s as if she had this breakthrough where she realized everything has a sign to go with it. It was really, really cool. Now I’m challenged to name everything I can think of with their signs!
Just thought you’d like to know. (Avery will be 11 months next week)
Mother of child with Autism
I have a 19 month old daughter that has mild autism and it was recently brought to my attention that sign language could help her communicate with me. I went a bought your Sign, Sing, and Play Kit, and since I have had it (three days) she has learned 5 new words!
I absolutely do not mind you posting my email on your testimonials. I would love to get it out there to other mothers with autistic children. I want you to know that you have been a blessing to my family. I was almost heart-broken when I saw that you were in San Deigo, because I would love to attend some of your classes. For now though your Sign, Sing, and Play kit has been extremely helpful to me.
Thank you so much. Please let me know if you have ever worked with autistic children and any suggestions you may have.
Thank you once again.
Tiffany- San Diego, CA
I took one of your baby sign language basics classes when my son was about eight months old or so (maybe a little
younger). I had been doing sign language with him since he was about 3 months old. It just didn’t seem to be working and I was getting frustrated!
My mom and I took your class, and things started to happen!! I learned to try the signs he’s interested in first, and not the stuff he can cry for! So, within a month he was signing “airplane,” “fan,” and “light.” But, only those 3 for many months. You were right, once he got that first real sign (“more”), the helpful kind, a light just went off in his head! It’s like he understood the magic of communication! The week he turned one, he learned 3 signs, and has been learning them just as quickly ever since!
He is only 14 months now, so he’s really only been signing for 2 months, and he knows well over 25 signs. It is so fantastic to be able to have conversations with my son, and understand exactly what he’s talking about. You also mentioned studies that show their vocabulary is better sooner when they sign– that is true as well. He knows over 40 words, and is already at the point where he will try to copy anything we ask him to say. It’s fantastic!!
So, I just wanted to thank you for teaching us such a wonderful thing, which we will definitely teach to our 2nd baby as well (who is due this May!).
Keep up the great work. You make it fun and exciting, and all parents should read your book and take your classes!!
Heather- La Mesa, CA
My name is Heather. I took your baby sign language parent workshop in November, then took your Sing, Sign and Play class in March, with my son, at La Mesa. I am so glad I heard about your classes. I started signing with my son when he was almost 10 months. About a month later he signed “more”. Before taking the Sing, Sign and Play class he could sign about 5 or 6 signs, but soon after starting that class he started picking up every sign I taught him. I am amazed at how much this has helped both of us. He is now 15 months old and has not said anything,but signs all the time! One day he was came up to me while I was doing something and asked for help. I didn’t think he had realized what he was doing until I asked him what he wanted and he went over to the drawer he wanted open and signed for help again and pulled on the drawer. He can now sign : cat, dog, more, eat, drink, help, hear, music, bird, up, down, bath, cookie, and more I can’t think of at the moment. People are amazed when they hear he can sign. I want to thank you for opening up communication between me and my son.
P.S. Please feel free to share my letter. Anything to help other families to experience what ours has!
I attended Baby Sign Language Classes with my daughter beginning when she turned six months old. This was rejuvenating for me as I met some wonderful mommies and babies who were ‘like-minded’ , progressive and fun! I believe I have made some life-long friends and gained a huge support system in raising my first baby. This was such a rewarding experience, I must recommend it to all mommies, daddies and babies!
It was a fabulous class for my daughter because she learned how to communicate by signing, without frustration, with her mommy, daddy and grammy. After taking these classes, she was able to sign when she wanted ‘more,’ when she was ‘hungry’ or ‘thirsty,’ and was even able to differentiate on some of her specific needs and wants. She enjoyed learning but mostly she absolutely loved the class activities, songs and interaction with other babies.
Monta is a very committed, creative and knowledgable teacher. She welcomes parents and children with open arms. It is a relaxing, easy-going and fun atmosphere. No one can do any wrong with our very supportive, patient and kind Monta!
Since we attended this class, she has also published additional books and tools to help you learn with your baby ASL Sign Language! If you would like more information, I recommend checking out the web site or just giving Monta a call!
I started this class with you with my daughter at 8 months old and now my little “Super Baby” is signing all the time and she is only 10 months old. She signs dog (now she and is actually says the word!), tree, leaf, waves “Hi” and “Bye”, finished, she points at things that she wants, but I always ask while signing it and she response with a nod or head shake. I am not sure if she is going to ever tell me “milk” or “water”… However the outside signs are so fun. She did rain, grass, butterfly and flower and she always signs “Baby” and “Signing Time”! WOW! This kid has learned so much! In just a short amount of time. Thank you for your help and we love the flash cards and books and the DVDs are an obvious hit. I am defiantly going to sign up for the next class. See you then!
Monta is a wonderful teacher. We started baby sign classes with her when my twins were six months old. At 23 months old, they each know dozens of signs. The location of her shop is great, too. South Park is a great, child-friendly neighborhood.
The baby sign language classes offered here are truly wonderful. I started my son at 6 months and we are repeating the program because he loved it so much. We have had both Monta and Susan as instuctors and both were fantastic. My son just lights up when we walk into the room to start the class! I highly recommend these classes to all moms!
I started taking my daughter to the South Park Baby Garten location for classes when she was 9 months old. Within a few classes she was signing, and around 10 months, she really had a signing and verbal vocabulary explosion. She is now 11 months old and knows more than 10 signs- I’m starting to lose count! Not only is she signing, but she’s also saying new words. I am amazed at how fast she has picked this up thanks to Monta’s fun, innovative, and engaging classes. We also purchased the Sign Language Kit, and the Baby Sign Language Basics book. My daughter loves the flash cards, and the sing and sign along music CD. We recently purchased the Baby Signing Time DVD series, and she absolutely loves that as well. She has picked up a few signs from the DVD series too.
The classes are just the right size and the best part is watching my daughter interact with others, and participate in the group and center time activities. My daughter loves to dance to the music during class.
I highly recommend this class to all parents of infants and toddlers looking for a new way to communicate better with their children.
Wow, these classes are really a lifesaver when it comes to combating toddler frustration! I took one class when my son was just 8 mos. old and I am enrolled for another class this fall. My now 17 month-old son is really starting to ‘blossom’ with his signing skills and has started taking a keen interest in Monta Briant’s flashcards too. Particularly the photos of her signing, which he always ignored before! It is really exciting to see his signing vocabulary growing along with his new, increased hand-eye coordination. Ms. Briant is incredibly gifted at helping us communicate with our kiddos! If you don’t believe in baby sign language….doubt no more, just try it and you will be surprised!!
I was SO glad I took Monta’s signing class. A friend was taking it when my daughter had just turned one, and I wasn’t sure if it would be useful since my daughter (I thought) would be talking relatively soon. But I found out it’s usually far past one that kids are really communicating, and signing is a great way to bridge the time when they understand A LOT of what is being said but can’t say many words. I think it really cut down on frustration when she was able to communicate what she wanted– and sometimes just what she was thinking.
When considering it, I also wondered, ‘well, I could just read a book and pick it up rather than taking a class.’ And yes, you could, but if you’re like me, the easy (and fun) learning environment and motivation of having a class makes a big difference. I don’t think we would have learned the amount we did without taking a class. It’s a fun activity to do with your kids AND is educational. What’s not to like?
And one last note, Monta is WONDERFUL. She is a genuine, nice person and the kids absolutely love her. I remember one class– and this wasn’t that far in so the kids hadn’t been around her that much– she had most of the kids gathered around her, entranced. I highly recommend taking her class if you want to communicate with your kids and cut down on frustration your little ones feel when they can’t tell you what they want (and as we all know, that equals less frustration for parents, too 😉 . It makes a huge difference!
I started taking my daughter to Monta’s classes when she was 7 months old. I have to say that it was her favorite thing that we did together, aside from the story times that Monta does around town at various libraries. Monta has a lot of charisma and the babies just adore her. The classes have a specific curriculum each week, and the babies and caregivers learn through the songs that you sing together along with parent/teacher guided playtime. She is very knowledgeable and really knows how to teach babies. I was amazed. It really is so much fun and I’m so glad we this. My little girl is 12 months now and knows about 25 signs! It is so cool to be able to communicate with her at this age. I think everyone should do this!
I started class with my daughter at 13 months with Susan (Monta’s other teacher). Susan is a really great teacher, wonderful with the babies, and patient with the parents. In just 6 weeks, my daughter learned and absorbed so much and is now using several signs, including more, all done, cat, bird, ceiling fan, please, …. it’s very cute, and amazes me! The class was fun and the session flew by. Would definitely recommend!
My husband and I look forward to the Baby Sign Language on Saturday mornings with Susan Mortland all week. The 45 minute class goes by so quickly and we love singing and learning along with our 7 month old son. I’m not quite sure how much he is catching on but I feel confident that the he is secretly paying attention and retaining more than we know! The Baby Sign Language offers us a chance to interact with other parents and really engage our baby with interesting, fun, new activities. I would highly recommend the class!