Baby Sign Language

Research suggests that communicating via baby sign with your infant has a host of benefits. The most obvious benefit is that infants are able to effectively communicate their needs with a caregiver. Because motor development takes place well before language development, baby sign is an increasingly popular form of early communication. Contrary to common concern, research shows that singing babies’ language development is superior to non-singing babies. Baby sign promotes neural growth that is evident in IQ scores of signing babies throughout their development.

Infants’ frustration with not being able to communicate is drastically reduced, and baby sign provides the opportunity for a stronger infant-caretaker bond. Baby sign is used alongside scaffolding speech development as a learning enhancement method. Parents should initiate baby sign around nine or ten months, when the baby becomes more curious and starts babbling to get the caregivers attention. The key is to be patient and make the practice enjoyable for you and the infant. You can use the hand gestures developed in baby sign research or you can create your own.

Josh Bently


~ by jdbently on November 1, 2009.

2 Responses to “Baby Sign Language”

  1. This is very true. My friend does this with her child and it is very helpful and has a lot of benefits

  2. That last comment was Lisa Tamburrino

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