Baby Sign Language
Using baby sign language gives babies a way to communicate
with others long before they have mastered any verbal speaking skills!
I found this an astonishing concept to begin with.
wondered if it would inhibit a baby's natural progression toward using language, especially if they were able to have their needs met through making the appropriate signs.
I found out just how wrong that thinking was and I'm happy to tell you
that today, I am a very positive believer in baby sign language.
would encourage parents to harness this wonderful opportunity to communicate with
their little ones.
Baby Sign Language -
Babies Can Communicate Their Needs
Babies understand us long before
they can verbalize for themselves.
If you witness a baby learning and using signing, it leaves you in no
doubt that they understand exactly what they are communicating.
How much easier for your little one if they can confidently indicate that they are thirsty and
then also communicate their preference for water, milk or juice.
Hard to believe?
Well, yes, they really can!
Baby Sign Language - Expatriate Lifestyles
Another way that baby signing comes into its own is
within expatriate communities, where relationships between people from
many different parts of the globe are formed and enjoyed. The
majority of expatriate babies will learn to speak the language of their parent's
culture of origin.
among expatriate couples it is never unusual for babies to have parents who
speak many different languages.
Baby sign language
encourages the baby to communicate through a common medium to begin
with, while the parents encourage their little ones to become multi-lingual.
added benefit is that parents who understand signing, can communicate
with each others's little ones through this common language.
Baby Sign Language - Babies Can Talk With each Other!
Another use is that babies who use sign language are able to
converse with each other.
My grandson ably demonstrated this for me as a
toddler of eighteen months, when I watched him learn from, and
communicate with a young Danish friend in his expatriate community.
Maia communicates clearly
through sign language, and taught my grandson how to use the signs.
Maia will speak Danish as her first language, and will also become a competent English speaker as
both her parents are fluent.
Baby Sign Language - My Grandson
I have often watched Jamie sign for more, more, with an exuberance that made me feel that signing, for him, appeared more productive than actual speech.
The sign for more is the finger tips of both hands pushed together, often at a rapid pace as the
baby becomes insistent with wanting more!.
Jamie's version of
more is to push his forefinger constantly into the palm of his other
hand. There is just no mistaking exactly what he is
insisting!! In this photo he has been
watching a dog playing on the beach. The dog has wandered off and
he is signing more, more, wanting the dog to come back.
Baby Sign Language - A Signing Baby
A conversation I had with baby under a year old, using only our hands,
left me speechless with surprise. I tried using the signs I know to 'speak' with this signing child who could only say Mumma and Dadda in speech.
Sarai will also be speaking Norwegian as her first language, so we would have a communication problem anyway! It
completely surprised me to see her ask for food please, then to specify the sign
Astonishingly for me, I could give her just what she was asking for!
What a wonderful gift.
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