So a lot of you — particularly the parents among my readers — have probably already heard this new story. However, if not, I found this all very interesting and have been meaning to make it a Friday blog post for some time.
Child development experts say it is possible to teach and then build upon hand gestures to infants in order to allow parents talk with their baby before the child actually says a word.
Doctors who’ve been studying the effects of teaching sign language to babies say the practice can strengthen the bond that exists between babies and their parents.
Furthermore, it has been shown that those who learned to sign before they speak will have higher IQs and will score better on standardized tests.
Workshops now exist across the country, where children as young as six months old can learn to sign.
Common expressions that are taught are “more,” “no more,” and “yes” and “no.”
No negative effects have been shown, and parents should not be concerned that signing will delay speaking in any way.
For more information, visit www.babysigns.com.