Signing with hearing babies, toddlers and preschoolers is gaining popularity because adults are recognizing that signing empowers children with early communication skills & helps to significantly reduce frustration, not only for the child, but also for their parents and care providers.
Let’s look at the numerous benefits...
SIGNING BABIES CAN COMMUNICATE BEFORE THEY CAN SPEAK
A baby develops their receptive abilities long before their
motor abilities enable to actually form speech. Signing can bridge
this considerable time gap between comprehension and speech
Signing creates a more verbal environment because babies can
initiate conversation about things that interest them, along with
explaining their wants and needs.
Babies quickly learn that signing empowers them, and that it is much
more productive than crying or whining. Instead of going through a
process of elimination to figure out what your baby wants, they can simply
sign it or respond to your signing.
By age 2 the typical signer has approximately 150 or more words in his or her vocabulary.
ACCELERATED LITERACY SKILLS
Signing with your child makes reading an interactive experience.
ENHANCED INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT
Since you always speak as you sign, using sign language causes both hemispheres of a child’s brain to work simultaneously, resulting in more connections taking place within the brain.
Signing with children requires eye-to-eye contact, body language, and facial expressiveness, all of which enable you to communicate sooner and more effectively.
LESS PARENTAL ANXIETY
When you’re concerned your child is not feeling well signing provides your child the means to explain to you exactly where the pain is, or in what part of his body he doesn’t feel well.
REDUCES THE TERRIBLE TWO’S
The main cause for tantrums in toddlers is their inability to get you to understand them. When a toddler is at a loss for words, or spoken words haven’t been acquired yet, signing clarifies the situation and alleviates the need for a child to resort to unpleasant physical behavior, or to cry and whine.
LESS STRESSFUL TOILET TRAINING
Children who can sign have a means of communicating their toileting needs even before they have the words to do so!
"My husband wasn't really into the signing like I was with our toddler - until I bought the "Teach Your Child to Sign!" DVD from Signing Safari. Within just a couple of days of watching it with our daughter he was just as enthusiastic about signing as I was!"
"I own a childcare center and this is our favorite video! The children love it. They sing and sign along and it completely holds their attention - something none of our other signing videos do."
"Sarah's expanding vocabulary and communication continues to amaze and delight us. This is probably one of a myriad of stories you hear but it is pretty special having your pre-talker asking for music to be played at mealtimes. We love it!"
"The video is awesome! My little girl kept signing "more", "more"; we ended up watching it 5 times in a row!"
- Cincinnati Mom