Using baby sign language with your little one can offer your child a way to communicate before they can talk. There are endless benefits to signing with your baby. Read on to see why you should start signing with your baby today!
Baby Sign Language Reduces Frustration
Signing helps clarify what word a child is trying to say when starting to talk. It can be very frustrating to a child when they are not understood as they are learning to articulate their words. Signing with your baby reduces frustration, which lessens aggression such as biting or hitting.
Signing allows your child to ask questions and learn more at a young age. In the book Sign With Your Baby, Joseph Garcia’s research found that babies can communicate with signs 5-6 months sooner than producing expressive, spoken language. Baby sign language builds language skills earlier on and children who sign build their vocabulary up faster.
It’s a Lifelong Skill!
Sign language is useful long after childhood. Teaching baby sign language can later allow an individual to communicate with the deaf community or a peer with special needs who may be nonverbal, even if only a few words. You may even see kindergarten and first grade teachers asking their students to sign, ”toilet,” rather than interrupting the lesson.
Baby sign language promotes independence as the child can communicate their feelings and needs. Your baby will be able to sign, “Milk,” to you instead of yelling. Long term this teaches them that when they feel hunger they can get what they need to suffice that feeling.
Baby Sign Language Builds Literacy Skills
Signing as a baby can increase literacy scores later when children are school-aged. Sara Brigham, author of The Baby Signing Book, states that, “Finger spelling while practicing vocabulary words has been shown to increase spelling test scores by 60% in elementary schoolchildren.”
Learn Your First Sign!
To get started let me teach you how to sign, “More.” It is one of the most common first signs, that and milk, because both get the child something in return which acts as reinforcement. To sign more, on each hand put your finger tips together. Then tap your two sets of finger tips together. See the picture to the right.
Use baby sign language consistently with your child. The more you, your spouse, and childcare provider consistently sign in parallel to saying the word, the sooner your child will sign back to you. Take our online baby sign language course to learn over 75 signs and start signing today with your baby!