Sign Language

Limited research suggests that using baby sign language may improve a child’s ability to communicate and ease frustration, particularly between ages 8 months and 2 years. During this period, children begin to know what they want, need and feel, but they don’t necessarily have the verbal skills to express themselves. Baby sign language allows children to use their hands to bridge the communication gap. Slightly older children who have developmental delays may benefit, too. Teaching and practicing baby sign language also can be fun and give you and your child an opportunity to bond. Remember to always use the spoken word at the same time you use a sign.

1. Fun website that shows the signs for many words kids use: http://www.babysignlanguage.com/dictionary/

2. First Ten words to Teach: http://www.babysignlanguage.com/dictionary/first-signs/

3. Website to look up more words and learn their signs: http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/browser.htm

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