back.gif (1674 bytes)


In a message dated 8/31/2006 8:41:51 PM Pacific Daylight Time, iamsabby@ writes:
Hi Bill,
My name is Sabrina from Lake Elsinore, CA and I have a 7 month old baby that I am starting to teach sign language to.  She also has a very rare skin condition that looks a lot like Chicken Pox and I know that the spots she has itch her sometimes.  She won't outgrow this condition until much later in childhood.  I've searched for the sign for "itch" or "itchy" on the internet but couldn't find it.
Would you mind describing the sign for "itch" to me so that I can teach her the sign? This way I'll be able to give her something to stop the itching. It's not always obvious that she's actually uncomfortable.
If you could, I'd really appreciate it.
Thank you,
Sabrina (name on file)
Lake Elsinore, CA
In general, just mime "scratching" an itch on the forearm.
For general areas of your body that are in your normal signing space, you would mime scratching those areas.
For private areas you would use a separate sign to indicate what area and then show the general sign.
For lower body areas it depends. I'd spell K-N-E-E and then sign the general sign for "itches."
For my foot or feet I'd point and then sign  the general sign for "itches."
Dr. Bill

American Sign Language University ASL resources by Dr. William Vicars
back.gif (1674 bytes)