To sign name, form both hands into the ASL letter U sign, hold them down horizontally and have them tap each other intermittently at an acute angle, such that the index finger side of one 'U' hand touches the middle finger side of the other 'U' hand.
Name is sometimes mistaken for sit, or even for train or railroad, so be careful not to get all these signs using the 'U' hands confused. Name is different from the three other signs because both 'U' hands here are angled and held sideways, not down flat.
Teach your baby or toddler the name sign when they are ready to understand that their name is unique to them, whereas your and other people's names also uniquely identify you and the others.
This is a useful flash card taught best in conjunction with other family, relative, friend, and school-related flash cards. Once your toddler understands that every person has a unique name, it can help bolster their self-awareness and sense of differentiation from others.
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