Baby Guide

 

How to Communicate with Your Baby Using Sign Language?

By: J.R. Schultz

Do you wish that your baby could talk and tell you what’s on his mind?  Are you at a loss trying to figure out what she wants when she has an outburst? Is your toddler having difficulty pronouncing words and making himself understood?   Baby sign language can make life a lot easier for you and your child.

Baby sign language is the use of hand gestures to communicate with preverbal infants and young children. Normally, children learn to make gestures with their hands before they can speak. They clap, wave goodbye and point with their fingers early in life.

Baby sign language takes this natural behavior further by helping parent and child build a vocabulary that they can use to talk to each other. As you must know, parents of preverbal children are often unsure of what their kids want or need. Sign language can take away a lot of that uncertainty.

With signs, a preverbal child can tell you what’s on her mind, what is bothering her, what she would like to eat and so on. Even if a child is not deaf, that child and his or her caregivers can benefit from baby sign language.  In fact, much of the baby sign language materials out there today – books, videos and classes – are devoted to babies with normal hearing.

Baby sign language can:

  • Help reduce frustration for both caregiver and baby
  • Foster early communication and bonding between caregiver and child
  • Help make it easier for toddlers with delayed speech to communicate
  • Enable a preverbal baby or child to express himself or herself
  • Enable a hearing child to communicate with deaf persons
  • Help you know what your baby is thinking

Using Baby Sign Language

You do not need any special talent or skill to communicate with your baby using sign language.  All you need are patience and perseverance.

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