Baby Sign Language
Baby sign language isn’t just a cute fad. It’s actually a proven way to improve your infant’s communication skills.
You may have heard about baby sign language, but you might be in the dark about what it entails, or why it would be appropriate for your infant, diagnosed as deaf or not. To begin with, it’s important to recognize the fact that signing for babies is not simply for the deaf. Nor is it designed for super-parents — those who would like to see their children ace the SATs by the time they’re 12. And using sign language with your baby will not experience some form of speech delay. Still, it could be quite beneficial for your baby — in more ways than one.
The Science of It
To begin with, using sign language with a baby is only natural. Mothers and fathers often use visual cues when trying to communicate with their offspring. In this way, they can ascertain what their baby needs and what the child is thinking.
In addition, it’s a scientific fact that babies tend to develop muscles in their hands before they develop the muscles needed for them to talk. As a result, developmentally, babies can easily sign before they speak.
Moreover, babies have an inherent proclivity to sign. For instance, an infant may point to a bottle when he or she is hungry…or to a blanket when he or she wants something warm to snuggle with. Babies may also use their hands to convey fears and thoughts.
Lessons From Research
Lessons drawn from scientific research show clearly that it can be quite easy to expand natural forms of communication with babies to include sign language. Such a technique can also help a baby to acquire speech. You might begin by signing the words for diaper change, bedtime, and eating. In addition, you might choose to sign the names of things that seem to capture your baby’s interest, such as the family cat or the child’s big sister. It can also be beneficial to sign during an activity, such as when feeding the child or when getting the child ready for bed.
Eventually, your baby will mimic your signs, indicating that he or she has, indeed, grasped the concept. You’ll be thrilled, knowing that you are