As parents we hear about many new trends claiming to be vital in giving our little ones a step up educationally. It can be difficult to navigate between what truly is important and what is just a gimmick. Some of you may feel that Baby Sign Language is just a new fad, however that is not the case.
Baby Sign Language is not just a valuable tool in communication with infants and toddlers. The benefits go far beyond just communication. Baby Sign Language has been shown to encourage early speech, improve reading skills, reduce temper tantrums, and help to encourage self esteem.
Baby Sign Language helps toddlers understand the idea of speech at an earlier age. They are encouraged to speak by understanding that their needs can be expressed, understood and met, in most cases, immediately. They are also encouraged by the bond and security formed knowing that their words are important to people around them.
Not only does Baby Sign Language encourage early speech but it also helps children learn to read at an earlier age. By using signs, children learn to associate symbols with words. They will begin to associate printed letters into words at an earlier age because this type of word association is not new to them. It forms a bridge, crossing the gap between letters and spoken words. Research shows that children who know sign language also tend to have larger vocabularies and perform better in school.
Most parents would agree that the majority of their toddler’s frustration is stemmed from the inability to communicate. Baby signs can help alleviate the frustration and build confidence in their child’s communication skills and help parents understand what their child wants or needs.
Most importantly by teaching your child Baby Sign Language you are helping to create a significant bond formed by your child knowing you value their thoughts at an earlier age. When you view their words as important so will they, which results in higher self esteem and a greater sense of self confidence as they grow.