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Baby signs made easy with these easy to follow steps…
Sign language can benefit everyone, it’s not just limited to babies, non-verbal, or even deaf individuals. Sign can benefit you and your family greatly! Baby sign language can help your child’s speech blossom, it is one of the main reasons his speech therapists started teaching Jaxson baby sign at such a young age.
Why You Should Teach Your Children Baby Sign Language
There were some fears of baby sign language preventing children from speaking(or being delayed) but it is quite the opposite. If anything baby sign language helps your child blossom and eliminates frustrations! Sign allows them to share what they want whether it’s to “eat,” “drink,” or “need help” before they’re able to vocally communicate.
Benefits of Baby Sign Language
- Sign language can help your child by allowing them to have the ability to communicate even before they’re speech develops.
- Early communication can help make your child feel more confident and increase their self-esteem.
- Sign language can also aid in language and speech development in children.
- Teaching sign language can also aid in your child’s attention and vision.
- Lowers frustrations with child or parent when trying to decipher what the baby wants or needs.
- Lastly, signing with your child is definitely a way bond .
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When Should You Start Teaching Your Child Baby Sign
Experts say to start teaching your child baby sign language around four to six months of age.
“But don’t expect your baby to actually imitate the signs back until she’s about 6 to 9 months old.”Jann Fujimoto, MS, speech-language pathologist, SpeechWorks, Oconomowoc, WI
Just like learning Japanese growing up. I was able to understand Japanese more than being able to write or communicate. As I got older and my self-esteem grew, I started to communicate in Japanese back.
This will be the same for babies trying to learn a new language, baby sign. Just be consistent and have fun when sharing signs with your child!
7 Baby Signs Made Easy
Today I wanted to share with you what baby signs Jaxson is currently using with us and his speech therapist. The sign language has definitely helped with his temper tantrums due to not being able to communicate effectively.
It’s amazing how much he’s grown over the last year with consistent speech therapy – his sessions are 30 minutes two times a week! I hope you enjoy my wonderful model, JJ, my older son. He’s such a goof!
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Baby Sign for Eat
Baby sign for Eat was the first sign Jaxson learned. When he wanted to eat baby food pouch, snacks, or almond milk – he used the sign for “eat.” To do “eat,” you bring your fingers together and bring them to your mouth.
Baby Sign for More
More was another sign Jaxson learned quickly, however now instead of using his finger tips he claps his hands. I still know that he wants “more” but others who are not with Jaxson daily may have difficulties.
To do “more,” you take your hands and pinch your fingers together. Next you bring them together like so, and pat them together a couple times for “more.”
Baby Sign for Please
Please is a little difficult for Jaxson. Rather than taking his hand and placing it on his chest, he will take one hand and place it on top of his other and swipe down.
To do “please,” you take your hand and place it on your chest and move it in a circular motion.
Baby Sign for Help
Before Jaxson knew “help” he would throw everything or bang his head onto things from frustration. Now he knows how to ask for “help.” To do it you take one hand palm facing up and another a fist. Take your first and place it into the palm of your other hand.
Baby Sign for Want
When do children not want anything? Haha, but to help alleviate frustrations you can teach your child “want”. For want you take your hands out and have the palms facing up.
Now, make your hands into fists. Jaxson currently uses one hand for “want” but I know that it means he wants more of something.
Baby Sign for Thank You
Still working on “thank you,” but it is a great one to know. We teach our children to always say please and thank you when talking to adults. To say “thank you,” you place your hand near your chin and bring it forward.
Baby Sign for Sorry
“Sorry” makes the same movement as “please” but you’re making a first versus open-hand. You take your fist and make circular motions to say “sorry.”
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My Final Thoughts on Baby Signs Made Easy
I was honestly skeptical about baby sign but it has made Jaxson’s communication just blossom! He is signing more consistently now and even nodding his head and saying what sounds like “yeah.” I’m honestly astonished.
He understands more than he can say and with the help of baby sign, we are becoming less and less frustrated with figuring out his wants and needs.
Do you teach your child baby sign language? How’s it going?
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References: Baby Sign Language Basics & Benefits