Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Signing with Your Baby

At Chatterboxes, we use the Baby Signs® program, which teaches children to use simple, easy-to-do gestures for communicating with their parents and caregivers. These gestures or "signs" represent an item or concept, like "cat," "eat," or "all gone." Using signs gives babies a way to communicate with their parents before they can speak. Babies can communicate about the world around them, long before they have mastered their verbal speaking skills. This empowers the baby and reduces any frustration the child may have from a lack of communication.

The benefits of baby signing include:
  • Promoting the development of language skills - some babies who begin by signing end up speaking earlier than babies who do not sign
  • Reducing frustration and tantrums that baby's inability to communicate can provoke
  • Encouraging the use of resolving problems through communication, not tantrums
  • Increasing speed of spatial reasoning development
  • Developing understanding of language for communication of emotions
  • Developing a higher IQ
  • Creating feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment
  • Increasing creative thinking
  • Developing excellent  language skills later on, including an increased ability to learn a second language
  • Increasing early literacy skills
  • Teaching babies how to participate in a conversation
 To learn more about the Baby Signs program, check out its website:

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