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What is Baby Sign Language

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Benefits

» Babies
» Toddlers and Young Children
» Parents
» Educators and Caregivers

Babies

  • Express needs easily
  • Reduce frustrationBabies
  • Spend less time crying
  • Bond with parents
  • Improve language development
    • Verbal language: Signing can clarify, for example, whether ‘baba’ means: bottle, bubble, balloon, bath or baby
    • Communicating concepts, such as pain, needing help, hungry
  • Enhance self esteem
  • Reinforce memory
  • Develop creative skills
  • Are stimulated intellectually
  • Learn the most important lifeline skill: communication!

Toddlers and Young Children

  • Less  “terrible twos”
  • Don’t bite out of frustration
  • Larger vocabularies
    • Age 2 - 50 more spoken words
    • Age 3 - age 4 level
  • Improve IQ scoresTodder
  • Better imagination
  • Greater interest in books
  • Better spellers
  • Express emotion more productively
  • Learn manners at early age
  • More interactive with peers
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Communicate outside native language group
  • Facilitated 2nd language learning
  • Learning a second language makes additional language learning easier
  • Raises communication awareness and abilities
  • Sign language is easier to learn than the spoken word
  • It's fun for children, parents and educators!
  • Enhances literacy
  • Enhances confidence and self-esteem
  • Enhances fine motor coordination
  • Enhances language acquisition
  • 2-sided brain activity that increases brain functioning
  • Visual right brain usage
  • Cognitive second language left brain usage
  • Creates additional connections or synapses in the brain
  • For older children, Sign is increasingly recognized as a foreign language for high school and college. It is the third-fastest growing language in the United States!
  • Students in pre-kindergarten classes who received sign language instruction scored significantly higher on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test and benefits were maintained in kindergarten

Parents

  • ParentsEnhance bond with child
  • Decrease frustration
  • Reduce children’s behavioral problems
  • Put emphasis on positive communication
  • No ‘guessing game’:
    • Wet diaper?
    • Hungry?
    • Sick?
    • Scared from noise?
    • Need TLC?
  • Less dealing with “terrible twos”
  • Window to the child’s mind and thoughts
  • Communicate in loud places
  • Spend meaningful time with the child
  • Opportunity to just have FUN!

Educators and Caregivers

  • Improve class management
  • Reduce separation anxiety
  • Decrease frustration
  • Reduce behavioral problems
  • Put emphasis on positive communication
  • Develop literacy and social skills
  • Spice up curriculum in fun and creative ways
  • Involve parents in the learning
  • Enhance bond with students
  • Create a stronger connection through signing
  • No ‘guessing game’:
    • Wet diaper?
    • Hungry?
    • Sick?
    • Scared from noise?
    • Need TLC
  • Less dealing with “terrible twos”
  • Open window to the child’s mind and thoughts
  • Communicate in loud places
  • Spend meaningful time with the child
  • Opportunity to just have FUN!