Quiz about How to Speak Without a Voice
Quiz about How to Speak Without a Voice

How to Speak Without a Voice Trivia Quiz


Some babies have the ability to learn sign language before they can speak. Based on Acredolo & Goodwyn's research "Baby Sign Language" is a modification of "American Sign Language." See if you can answer these questions on "how to speak without a voice."

A multiple-choice quiz by coachpauly. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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coachpauly
Time
6 mins
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Multiple Choice
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344,093
Updated
Dec 03 21
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1. I woke up this morning to the dulcet tones of my daughter, Asia, crying. I peeked into her crib and she stopped sobbing. Her tiny fingers started bobbing backwards and forwards to her mouth. What was she trying to tell me? Hint

I swallowed my binky
I am ready to get up now
I need a dry diaper
I am hungry

2. I reached down and picked her up. Quietly, so as not to disturb mommy, we walked downstairs and turned on the "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse". Asia sat in her high-chair as I reached for the strawberry-flavored yogurt. With lightning speed she rejected the spoon and its contents. As the spoon clonked on the floor, she smiled and began opening and closing her fist. What was she telling dad she wanted for breakfast? Hint

Chocolate Cake
Milk
Brussel Sprouts
Anything but Strawberry Yogurt

3. After breakfast we settled in for a game of stacking blocks and knocking them down again. No child seems to get bored of this game no matter how many times the tower is built and smashed to the ground. I got bored first and reached for a squeaky yellow duck. Suddenly, Asia was standing wobbly on her little legs rubbing her tummy in big circles. What was she communicating? Hint

Look what I can do
I am still hungry
Please can I have the yellow ducky
I want to get dressed now

4. Suddenly the whole house started to shake as buffaloes dressed as Asia's siblings hurtled down the stairs. Asia could barely contain her emotion and her whole body bounced up and down. Asia's hands were also bouncing up and down with her thumbs and pinkies extended. What was she signing to her sisters and brother? Hint

Let's Go Surfing Dudes
Let's Play
Can I Get a Ride
Let's Watch the "Wiggles"

5. Not far behind the buffaloes there appeared another significant member of the family. Asia's little face lit up into a big smile and her thumb started to bounce against her chin. Which favorite person had Asia seen come into the room? Hint

Mommy
Grandpa
Ginny the Dog
Tooth Fairy

6. I was grateful for this timely entrance because a strange odor had permeated the room and Asia was standing on her tippy-toes prodding her hips with the first two fingers of each hand. What emergency was the little girl communicating? Hint

Wardrobe Malfunction
Severe Growth Spurt Imminent
Poopy Diaper
Buffalo Over-Grazing

7. Phew! With the 'emergency' taken care of, it was time for Asia to join the siblings in converting the front room into a jungle castle complete with huts, watch-towers, a large river, and the requisite jungle animals. The older girls became cheetahs and zebras. Her brother transformed into a giant gorilla. We were all a little perplexed with Asia as she crawled around on all-fours making strange gurgling noises. Finally, mommy asked her what animal she was and she began pulling one hand over her head and down her back. What was Asia pretending to be? Hint

Elephant
Anteater
Giraffe
Lion

8. Building a jungle kingdom was exhausting work and made all of the animals hungry and thirsty. Mommy pulled some frozen lollipops from the freezer. Asia's hand immediately went into circling spirals on her belly. With her precious "sugar-on-a-stick" secured firmly in her paw, she took the other hand up to her chin and then extended it away from her face. What words were being communicated? Hint

Thank You
This is Cold
Blowing Kisses
You're the Best

9. Daddy managed to sneak off to the office to get some work done, all the time resisting the temptation to play "FunTrivia." Meanwhile, the children continued to play hard all day. All that wallowing in the Savannah mud pools had made the little hippos dirty. Mommy knelt down to pick Asia up and asked her if she wanted a bath? What sign did Asia give back to her mommy on hearing the word "bath?" Hint

One Flat Hand Rubbing on the Flat of Other Hand
Open Hands Rubbing Up and Down Sides of Body
One Hand Patting the Stomach While Other Circled the Chest
Two Fists Rubbing Up and Down on Chest

10. After a hard day at work there is no warmer experience than being accosted at the door by your four children. Asia, already bundled up in her fleece pajamas, is off to bed. I put my hand up in the air with the palm facing her, my thumb, pinky, and index finger standing to attention and my second and third fingers curled into my palm. This is the sign for "I Love You." Mommy has taught her a new sign and she takes her left arm and extends it horizontally in front of her and then takes the right hand to her chin and in one movement the hand disappears over the left arm (horizon). What cool new sign did my little girl learn today? Hint

Good Night
Sun is Sleeping
You're Late
I Want to Learn How to Hurdle


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. I woke up this morning to the dulcet tones of my daughter, Asia, crying. I peeked into her crib and she stopped sobbing. Her tiny fingers started bobbing backwards and forwards to her mouth. What was she trying to tell me?

Answer: I am hungry

The ASL sign for "eat" is bringing closed fingertips up to your mouth.
http://www.babies-and-sign-language.com/sign-eat.html

Children between the ages of 9 months and 18 months can be effectively taught sign language. Parents have been signing for years with their babies in an attempt to more readily meet the needs of their child. Research supports that infants develop fine muscle movements in their hands much earlier than those required for actual speech. Helping an infant communicate with simple sign language can be a powerful interactive tool for parents and siblings.
2. I reached down and picked her up. Quietly, so as not to disturb mommy, we walked downstairs and turned on the "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse". Asia sat in her high-chair as I reached for the strawberry-flavored yogurt. With lightning speed she rejected the spoon and its contents. As the spoon clonked on the floor, she smiled and began opening and closing her fist. What was she telling dad she wanted for breakfast?

Answer: Milk

The ASL sign for "milk" is opening and closing the fist as if (yes it's true) you are milking a cow.
http://www.babies-and-sign-language.com/sign-milk.html

When most people hear that we have taught sign language to our 12 month old, there is always the initial skepticism and the assumption that the parents are crazy. In order to teach effectively there are three steps to follow:

(1) Choose 3-5 signs to begin with that relate to everyday activities.
(2) Show the child the signs during an activity (feeding from the bottle - make the sign for milk; while feeding the baby yogurt show the sign for eat; when the baby wants a toy you are holding, make the sign for "please".
(3) Show the baby the sign repeatedly every time you are doing the activity and the key is to be consistent.

We have found that celebrating enthusiastically with smiles and giggles once the infant signs back to you is a great positive reinforcement that helps teach more signs.
3. After breakfast we settled in for a game of stacking blocks and knocking them down again. No child seems to get bored of this game no matter how many times the tower is built and smashed to the ground. I got bored first and reached for a squeaky yellow duck. Suddenly, Asia was standing wobbly on her little legs rubbing her tummy in big circles. What was she communicating?

Answer: Please can I have the yellow ducky

The ASL sign for "please" is taking the flat of your hand and rubbing it in a circular motion over your chest or tummy.
http://www.babies-and-sign-language.com/sign-please.html

Possibly the simplest sign to teach is "please." This is also an important sign to teach at an early age especially when the infant has siblings. When a child first begins to sign, he or she may well use one sign for every new word you are trying to teach. It is also not uncommon for signs requiring similar hand gestures to be confused into one signed action. This represents early attempts at communication and should be encouraged consistently. Some parents find it useful to take the child's hand and make the correct action for them while demonstrating it at the same time.
4. Suddenly the whole house started to shake as buffaloes dressed as Asia's siblings hurtled down the stairs. Asia could barely contain her emotion and her whole body bounced up and down. Asia's hands were also bouncing up and down with her thumbs and pinkies extended. What was she signing to her sisters and brother?

Answer: Let's Play

The ASL sign for "play" is taking the hands and making the surfer's "hang loose" sign. This sign can also be used for toy.
http://www.aslpro.com/main/p/play_fun.swf

The "hang loose" surfing sign is also baby sign for "play." It is not uncommon for infants and young children to experience a "signing explosion" once they master a few basic signs. Usually, the child is making the connection with the fact that signing is getting him or her what they want. Once the child is able to attach a sign to a concrete object or concept, they take on a sponge-like affect and readily are able to learn new signs.
5. Not far behind the buffaloes there appeared another significant member of the family. Asia's little face lit up into a big smile and her thumb started to bounce against her chin. Which favorite person had Asia seen come into the room?

Answer: Mommy

The ASL sign for "mommy" is taking the dominant hand and placing the thumb to the chin with fingers outstretched. The sign for father is the same but with the thumb going to the forehead.
http://www.babies-and-sign-language.com/sign-mother.html

Mommy and daddy are also two signs that infants seem to pick up quickly. Interestingly, research suggests that girls are more likely to use baby sign language and pick it up faster than little boys. This being said, the research literature on baby sign language and its long-term impact is still minimal.
6. I was grateful for this timely entrance because a strange odor had permeated the room and Asia was standing on her tippy-toes prodding her hips with the first two fingers of each hand. What emergency was the little girl communicating?

Answer: Poopy Diaper

The ASL sign for "diaper" is taking both hands and placing them on the hips with the first two fingers closing on the thumb.
http://www.babysignlanguage.com/dictionary/d/diaper/

Although it should be re-emphasized that there is a dearth of research literature documenting the long-term impact of teaching infants to sign, preliminary studies do suggest that the following are potential advantages:
Children are able to communicate needs to their primary caregiver from very early ages.
Children who have been taught to sign have demonstrated enhanced vocalization and language skills at earlier ages.
Children who have been taught sign have demonstrated an aptitude for learning a foreign language more easily in later life.
Children who have been taught sign manifest higher self-confidence, score higher on some IQ measures and are more social with other children.
7. Phew! With the 'emergency' taken care of, it was time for Asia to join the siblings in converting the front room into a jungle castle complete with huts, watch-towers, a large river, and the requisite jungle animals. The older girls became cheetahs and zebras. Her brother transformed into a giant gorilla. We were all a little perplexed with Asia as she crawled around on all-fours making strange gurgling noises. Finally, mommy asked her what animal she was and she began pulling one hand over her head and down her back. What was Asia pretending to be?

Answer: Lion

The ASL sign for "lion" is taking the dominant hand and running it backwards over the head.
http://www.babysignlanguage.com/dictionary/l/lion/

Yep, Asia was attempting to be King of the Jungle and her sign was showing us the long mane down the lion's back. Truth be told, she sounded more like a Siamese cat. At some point the hand moved to her nose and her arm extended from her nostrils. It seems our daughter had decided being an elephant was much more fun.
8. Building a jungle kingdom was exhausting work and made all of the animals hungry and thirsty. Mommy pulled some frozen lollipops from the freezer. Asia's hand immediately went into circling spirals on her belly. With her precious "sugar-on-a-stick" secured firmly in her paw, she took the other hand up to her chin and then extended it away from her face. What words were being communicated?

Answer: Thank You

The ASL sign for "thank you" is touching the chin and extending the hand away from your face. It often resembles blowing kisses when the child does it. http://www.babies-and-sign-language.com/sign-thank-you.html

Researchers suggest that there are many benefits for parents in teaching their children to sign. Some of these include the following:
Less frustration with their child or infant.
Greater interactive time and more positive bonding time.
Overall higher parent satisfaction levels.
Enhanced parenting confidence.
9. Daddy managed to sneak off to the office to get some work done, all the time resisting the temptation to play "FunTrivia." Meanwhile, the children continued to play hard all day. All that wallowing in the Savannah mud pools had made the little hippos dirty. Mommy knelt down to pick Asia up and asked her if she wanted a bath? What sign did Asia give back to her mommy on hearing the word "bath?"

Answer: Two Fists Rubbing Up and Down on Chest

The ASL sign for "bath" is making two fists and rubbing the fists up and down on either side of the chest as if scrubbing.
http://www.babies-and-sign-language.com/sign-bath.html

In terms of development, most children will speak their first intelligible word between 10 and 15 months of age. Sign language enables parents to get a 2-6 month head-start on language acquisition. There is no research that suggests oral language development is impaired by using sign-language in the early years. On the contrary, there is a small growing body of literature that argues for accelerated linguistic and problem-solving aptitude for children exposed to sign language in the infant years.
10. After a hard day at work there is no warmer experience than being accosted at the door by your four children. Asia, already bundled up in her fleece pajamas, is off to bed. I put my hand up in the air with the palm facing her, my thumb, pinky, and index finger standing to attention and my second and third fingers curled into my palm. This is the sign for "I Love You." Mommy has taught her a new sign and she takes her left arm and extends it horizontally in front of her and then takes the right hand to her chin and in one movement the hand disappears over the left arm (horizon). What cool new sign did my little girl learn today?

Answer: Good Night

The ASL sign for "goodnight" is indeed making a horizon with one hand and then taking the fingers of the other hand away from the chin and in one motion disappearing over the horizon.
http://www.babysignlanguagedictionary-mysmarthands.com/good_night_-_ASL_sign_for_good_night.html

There exist many books and websites that provide information on the subject of "baby signing." From these resources, the following eight (8) suggestions seem to be common advice to new parents wanting to take on the fun challenge of teaching their children sign language:
(1) Be Consistent.
(2) Be Happy & Positive.
(3) Constantly Reinforce Old Words and New Words.
(4) Be Open to Interpretation & Flexible (sometimes Asia creates her own signs and words and we just go with it).
(5) Be Full of Praise and Enthusiasm.
(6) Be Expressive (children learn quickly if parents role-model with expressive facial expressions and body movement).
(7) Persevere and Don't Give Up.
(8) Make it Fun.
Source: Author coachpauly

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