What is BSL?
British Sign Language (BSL) is a distinct and complete language developed over hundreds of years by deaf people living in Britain. It has its own vocabulary, its own grammar and its own way of use for when people are ‘talking’ to each other. It is a way of thinking about the world based on what you see, rather than what you hear. Researchers believe that early gesture and signing is a key part of developing language and vital for interaction and vital for children’s play.
What is AR?
AR is an abbrieviation for Augmented Reality. Augmented reality is the technology that expands our physical world by adding layers of digital information onto it. Unlike Virtual Reality (VR), AR does not create the whole artificial environments to replace real with a virtual one. AR appears in direct view of an existing environment and adds sounds, videos, graphics to it.
When activated with our smartphone app, our books ‘wake’ augmented reality (AR) animations and mixed reality (MR) videos creating an immersive multimedia storybook.
When should I start teaching my baby to sign?
Six to eight months old is a good time to start. The younger you start signing, the earlier your baby will start signing back. But when you start very young, you need to be more patient. With a newborn, for example, it may take six months before that child signs back, while a six-month-old may only take two months to sign back.
Starting later, for example, when a child is 18 months’ old, is fine too. Children who start later will typically catch on much faster because their cognitive and motor skills are so much more advanced. Many older children will catch on within a week.
How do I download the app?
The Baby BSL app is available for download from GooglePlay and iTunes stores. Activate with your iPhone camera or Google scanning app. Please permit camera access and trust the source. You need the book to trigger the AR!
How do I feedback my thoughts on Baby BSL?
Lots of improvements have already been implemented to the app and the book, guided by user suggestions. We appreciate all feedback and aim to evolve in order to become a resource for every parent who wants to start communicating with their pre-verbal child through sign language. So send us your questions, comments, and concerns via email or through our social media channels. We love hearing from you!