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Benefits of Baby Sign Language

One of the biggest frustrations of any parent is trying to understand why your baby is upset. Before a baby can talk , it has been proven that American Sign Language can be a beneficial tool in improving communication between parent and child. When there is better communication there is less of a change for frustration for both. For babies, it is a modified form of sign language that should initially be introduced. There are many books and websites that will help parents familiarize themselves with baby sign language. Parents can start “signing” to their baby as soon as he or she has been born. By 6 months, the infant has developed the motor skills necessary to learn to make the signs.

Tips for Teaching Your Baby Sign Language

Some simple suggestions to be successful are:

  1. Start teaching your baby sign language early.
  2. Set realistic expectations.
  3. Keep the signs simple. Start with signs that describe daily
    activities (such as eating or sleeping) and objects in your child’s life.
  4. Stay patient; consistency and repetition will bring success.
  5. Even though you are teaching sign language, continue to talk to
    your child at the same time.

Communication is the key to any successful relationship, no matter what age. Whether it is communicating with an infant or with an older child, Solace has therapists who are well versed in both Sign Language and daily communication skills. Please let us know if we can help in these areas.