Summary Baby Sign Language

Summary of Sign Language for Your Baby and Toddler.

Baby Sign Language: Teaching your baby or toddler a structured sign language will benefit him/her in many ways.

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Sign Language for Your Baby and Toddler

Summary of Sign Language for Your Baby and Toddler.

Mary Moore

Sign Language: Some studies actually show that a pre-school children who signed from an early age often have a higher IQ, a larger vocabulary, and more mature play forms than their peers.

Whether you teach your baby sign language or not, your baby will teach you a few gestures of his/her own. 

But a more structured sign language program will benefit your baby in multiple ways.

1. Sign language will reduce frustration and tantrums

2. Signing improves kids’ motor skills. 

3. You can share your child’s world long before he/she can articulate words.

4. It reduces frustration.

5. It’s visual and gives your baby a mental picture to associate with a word. Many sign language words are iconic–the duck looks like a duck, for example.

6. Signing increases parent/baby bonding.

7. Using sign language builds confidence in your baby that his/her needs will be met.

Some studies actually show that pre-school children who signed from an early age often have a higher IQ, a larger vocabulary, and more mature play forms than their peers.

Think of sign language as just one more form of communication. You hug her, read to her, smile at her, sing to her. Now you sign to her, too.

But most of all when your baby has some way of telling you what’s bothering him, it reduces frustration for both of you. It allows you to "kiss it and make it well" more often.

Also, remember that sign language is not a miracle. There will still be times you can’t satisfy your baby and times when she is too tired to do anything but cry. There will still be times he pushes or hits another baby and times she has a tantrum in the middle of Target. 

However, sign language will not only give you a better chance to know what your baby wants and feels, it will also give you that opportunity long before he/she can articulate those wants and feelings in words.

The system you decide to use–American Sign Language or Family Word– isyour decision. I think you will be rewarded if you choose to use some form of sign language,though.

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Teaching Your Baby Sign Language.

Don’t spend a fortune on books and videos for sign language products before you have experience. The truth is that sign language is not hard to learn for you or for your baby. I would only purchase two, possibly three, sign language items.

My recommendations for teaching your baby sign language:

1. Dr Joseph Garcia authored the classic in the sign language field: Sign With Your Baby.

Buy the video only or buy a kit which contains the video, a short and simple to understand book, plus a chart showing the signs. 

The sign language video is a must for the section on teaching sign language and the last section which demonstrates American Sign Language words. I would buy the kit to get the accompanying sign language book unless you buy the CD Pick Me Up at the same time. That CD includes a workbook. One sign language book is probably enough although both of these sign language books have their positive and different attributes.

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2. At the same time I would add the music CD Pick Me Up for the signing and singing as well as the excellent sign language workbook for parents. This fun, interactive experience for you and your baby is all it normally takes to rapidly add words to your American Sign Language vocabulary. 

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3. If at any time you or your babies are having problems learning sign language, purchase Baby See N Sign, Volume I. It presents American Sign Language words three different times: as a still picture, in slow motion, and at normal video speed.

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Frankly, I believe the above three items are all the sign language products you need to own. 

If you have an expanded budget, here are some other sign language products I would consider buying.

See sign language products I would not buy and the reasons I would not buy them here.

Why purchase any sign language items? Why not use the library for your sign language needs?

You probably need at least one sign language product on hand for reference. A CD of music to sign by teaches sign language daily. Plus your baby can watch a sign language video like Baby See N Sign to supplement your own signing.

Parents: Have you had experience with baby sign language? Will you share that sign language experience with CyberParent readers?If so, please click here. Wewould love to publish your baby’s or toddler’s success or failure with sign language. We will not usefull names, but would like to publish your general location. Thanks for your sign language assistance!

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