Leah Sarich Blog from BT:
posted on November 25th, 2010 - Filed in Breakfast Television, health - No comments »
For many parents it is endlessly frustrating not to be able to understand what their babies want. This is why many parents are turning to baby sign language.
Basically, parents learn American Sign Language and teach it to their little ones, before they’re able to speak.
I spoke with Melody Hazleton, a My Smart Hands, baby sign language instructor here in Calgary. She says it’s wonderful for parents and children to be able to communicate. Even the simplest signs make a huge difference. For example, Melody often starts with “milk”, or “happy”, or “more.” The children are much less frustrated once they start signing because they’re able to communicate and get their needs met.
Jill Inwood is a mom who taught both of her children to sign. She says signing was a great help to her and her kids, and she really enjoyed doing it. Her son, now school aged, actually used his sign language to engage a disabled boy at school, with whom no one else was able to communicate.
The one concern that keeps popping up with baby sign language is whether or not it will hurt language development. According to My Smart Hands, there have been no studies linking the two. And in fact, there has been a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest signing helps speech development.
For lots more information on baby signing, including video of moms teaching kids,