Teaching My Baby Sign Language


When my daughter was about 9 months old, I decided that I was going to start teaching her some sign language.  I feel that it is a great way for her to communicate with those who takes care of her.  She is now 1 and so far things are going pretty well.

I’ve heard that there are great benefits to children learning sign language.  Their vocabulary and speech grow faster than they would without sign language.  I believe it is very important to help my child learn as much as possible.

When I was taking care of my nephew as an infant, we learned that he had a hearing impairment.  My sister and I started teaching him a few sign words and he picked it up after a while.  The frustration began to melt away when we could understand that he wanted to eat, drink, or was all done.  After seeing first hand that teaching a baby some basic words really helped, I decided to try this out with my daughter also.

I showed my husband some of the signs that I wanted to use, and we use them as much as possible.  A few of the words that she has learned so far are “all done”, “eat”, and “more”.  I know it won’t happen over night, but if everyone caring for her is consistent then we will see improvement. 

It is very exciting to see her use the words that we have worked on and we will continue practicing words with her in the future.  Now that we have some basic communication started, I believe she will be able to learn the signs easier as she gets older.  We’ll see how things go.

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