Benefits of Signing

Signing Time Family Testimonial: Holly, Alex, Jaxson, and Niko

We Did Not Realize How Critical Signing Would Be

One of the most beautiful and unexpected gifts of Signing Time is getting to know the community of remarkable families that embrace our programs and enrich our communities. Today, we are excited to introduce you to one of those families. This Canadian family is no stranger to adventure. Two moms, two boys and tons of fun. Follow as they share their limitless outbound activities from hikes to horse back riding on their Instagram @downwithjaxandniko.  Meet Holly, Alex, Jaxson, and Niko! “Hi! We are Holly and Alex, a 2 mommy family! We live in Canada along with our 2 perfect boys …

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Learn to Sign the Alphabet With My Signing Time

You may be asking, “Why do my kids need to learn to sign the alphabet if they know plenty of other signs?” or “What is the point of learning to sign the alphabet?” That’s a fair question, and we have a few reasons to offer in response. First, when signing, we still use the names of people and places. There is no possible way to create a sign for each of these names, nor would it be possible to know them all.  So we spell them.  This is called “fingerspelling”, and it is used a lot in signing.   Fingerspelling is …

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How do I help my child love reading?

Did you know October is National Book Fair Month? In 2003, The National Book Foundation, which sponsors the annual National Book Awards, is embracing October as National Book Month as part of a national effort to raise the profile of reading in American culture. In honor of National Book Fair Month we want to help you teach your child to love reading. Did you know that by middle school, most kids stop reading books that aren’t assigned in school. In the USA, an alarming 65 percent of fourth graders in public school were reading below the proficient level in 2015 …

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Why Does My Child Have Tantrums? How Can I Deal With the Tantrums?

As a parent, you will not escape your child having a tantrum, meltdown, or emotional outburst. Helping your child learn to regulate emotions is a normal part of development. For parents, it is important to understand why tantrums occur, how to respond, or how to respond to them effectively. These can be even harder to understand when they occur past the expected developmental “terrible twos”. Keep in mind for some children there may be underlying causes such as learning disabilities, sensory processing issues, ADHD, and/or being on the autism spectrum. Why does my child have tantrums? Many parents have a different classification …

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Baby Sign Language May Increase Your Bond

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 …

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Baby Sign Language May Increase Their Self Esteem

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 …

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Does Baby Sign Language Reduce Tantrums?

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 …

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Does Sign Language Help Reading Skills?

As going back to school is upon us, we wanted to share with you the benefits of using sign language to improve reading and language skills. Teaching your baby sign language is very popular to begin to communicate with you. Researchers have found that using sign language is very beneficial for older children. When a child learns a letter of the alphabet they see the letter, say the letter, and sign the letter. The same for spelling a word. The child uses the sign to spell the word while saying the letters or sounds. When a child sees a word, …

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