Many parents worry that teaching their baby sign language may delay their child’s speech, but researchers say this is not the case!
In fact, many people have come forward to say that they think teaching sign language to young children is a pathway to their learning how to talk out loud!
It has been proven that babies are capable of giving signs to their parents in order to get what they want – from being hungry, tired, happy and more, showing that children and parents can communicate far earlier than previously thought.
The sooner your child learns the meaning of objects and learns how to tell you what they need and when they need it, the better off they will be when it comes time to learn the words, rather than the signs, for the world around them.
One thing to make sure you do when you are teaching your child sign language is to speak out loud at the same time so that when it comes time that they are ready to talk it will come more easily for them because they already recognize the object and a sign for it, and what you have called it out loud.
Signing also helps you develop communication with your child and creates a more in-depth relationship you may not otherwise get with them at their young age – this is due to how much face-to-face, one-on-one time you must give your child when you are teaching them sign language.
Have you tried to teach your child to sign? At what age, and did it work?