One of the many benefits of baby sign language is the increased bond becomes possible between you and your child. How does signing with your baby increase your bond? There are many ways! Today we’re discussing just a few. Using baby sign language will help you to communicate and give you the opportunity to spend more time together—beneficial time forging your bond and learning a new skill together. Bridging the Communication Gap Any thriving relationship needs some level of communication. Good communication leads to a good relationship. However, communicating can be difficult with a baby, and lack of communication can …
Why sign with your baby?
- Helps babies communicate before talking
- Reduces frustration and tantrums
- Increases bonding and connection
- Opens a window to your child’s heart and mind
- Teaches the foundation of learning a second language (American Sign Language)
When should I start signing with my baby?
- You can start signing as soon as your baby is born. As you begin learning sign, use those signs when you talk to your new baby. Baby won’t be able to sign back at this time, but he is watching and learning!
- Before your baby signs to you, she will let you know that she understands a sign by responding with a smile, pointing, or kicking her feet.
- While most babies begin to sign between 9-13 months, some babies start signing as early as 5-6 months! It is never too early to start.
- It’s never too late to start signing! If your baby is 6-12 months or older, start signing right away!
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The communication pattern that is established early on in your relationship with your child when you learn baby sign language leads to a self-esteem boost for both you and your little one. When we are better able to express ourselves and communicate, we are better able to connect. The value of early communication and the self-esteem boost it leads to is invaluable. Communicating with ease will boost your baby’s confidence. Learning to use baby sign language at a young age will help your child to communicate more effectively. When your little one is better able to communicate their wants and …
What Causes Tantrums Dealing with tantrums can be overwhelming and disheartening. The frustration and heightened emotions that result from tantrums often bring unintended discord between you and your child. These fits can lead to a lack of sleep, the embarrassment of a public temper tantrum, and more woes that come along with this frustration. But at the heart of most outbursts are the child’s own frustration at their inability to communicate with you. Avoid laughing at or being indifferent with your child as they express their frustration. They are likely trying to communicate with you and don’t understand why they …
By Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C. The decision to sign with your baby is a smart one. In fact, research has shown that signing with children from infancy to right through the time speech develops – and beyond- can contribute to improvements in IQ and language development in amazing ways. But is there a right and wrong way to get started? Here are five common pitfalls families face when signing with Baby. 1. Listening to the nay-sayers: I hear it all the time, “My mother-in-law says she’ll never speak if I sign!” or “My son’s daycare provider says signing delays language! …
There are some common misconceptions about signing with your child. We’re going to bust those myths so you can make an educated decision and get started! Myth 1 – There’s a perfect time to start (and we might have missed it): Parents always ask us if it is too soon or too early to sign with their child. The truth is, American Sign Language (ASL) can be started at any time, just like any other second language. Anytime is a good time to begin signing! Myth 2- There is a perfect way to start signing: The truth is, just like with …
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“Which video series should I start with: Baby Signing Time or Signing Time?” This is a question that many parents ask us. In truth, your children will learn sign language with any of our American Sign Language (ASL) videos. Here is what our Customer Care team says about choosing the video series that will best fit the needs of your family: If your child is age 0-3, start with Baby Signing Time If your child is 3 or older, start with Signing Time If you have a child in each age range, the choice is yours. However, we recommend starting with Baby Signing Time and then …
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By Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C. We’re so happy you’ve decided to start signing with your child! The decision to do so often comes with lots of questions, and maybe even a few misconceptions. Let’s bust some of the myths about signing with children so you can have the best experience possible. Myth 1 – There’s a perfect time to start (and we might have missed it!): Parents of infants always ask when the “best” time to start signing might be. They worry they are starting too soon, or too late. Parents of children who are talking think it is definitely …
By Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C. As your baby grows, their receptive language (what they can understand) will develop more quickly than their expressive language (what they can express with words or signs). It is in these early months that you really want to start capitalizing on the engagement that comes with receptive language. Words communicated to baby are crucial to language development. Studies have shown that it is vitally important that babies hear a vast array of spoken language, even from day one. In fact, breakthrough work in one study, resulted in a book entitled Meaningful Differences: Children of the …