Thursday, August 24, 2006

Teaching Babies to Sign

In my email box today, I received a link to the story, "Baby Sign Language--Gimmick or Early Voice?" and of course, I wanted to share a thought. I work with families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing, but I taught two courses in Sign With Your Baby at a local hospital with babies who had normal hearing.

The whole point of teaching sign to babies is not about raising IQ levels or smarter babies, it's about communicating. It's about giving little ones the tools to be able to tell Mom or Dad that they're hungry, that they want to play, that they want some juice, and so on. Infants have control of their hands before the natural development of speech, so they are able to develop signs at an early age. This early communication can be visually measured and seen, which gets everyone so excited about the budding genius before them.

So if you've decided to teach sign to your little one, kick back and enjoy the learning process together. American Sign Language is the fourth most common language in the world. Have fun with it.

1 comment:

Susan (5 Minutes For Mom) said...

My 15 month daughter and my 4 year old nephew Jackson love the Signing Time videos. I just have to be more consistent about using the signs so that Julia actually starts using them to communicate.

Jackson loves the videos and knows lots of the signs.