Baby sign language - study and its benefits
Baby sign language is the practice of using simple language symbols or gestures to communicate with parents, family, and caregivers. At this time you may have used the basics. Read the following info to find out the benefits of baby sign language and how to get started.
From all studies conducted, the benefits of introducing babies to sign language are:
Makes babies able to communicate with everything in their environment before they speak. This means, your baby can tell what he wants. In addition, sign language starts conversations on topics that might interest the baby. What's more, it can be a bridge between times when he can't speak in a better language.
Reducing the level of frustration between you both. Sign language gives the baby a chance to say what he wants, what is happening, or maybe what is sick. So that crying, frustration, and tantrums experienced by infants is much reduced. If he is able to communicate his basic needs to you, you also do not need to bother trying and interpreting the crying. Once again, sign language makes frustrating moments full of tears diminished.
Enrich parent and child relationships. Introducing sign language at home, means increasing the level of togetherness with babies. Naturally, baby sign language guides both of you to respond to one another while involving everyday interactions that ultimately lead to two-way conversations.
Instill an understanding into the baby's mind and who they really are. Sign language gives the baby a chance to communicate with you about things that interest him. You can also find out what they are thinking, what they want, especially what the world looks like from the baby's perspective before the baby starts talking.
Stimulates intellectual development and improves memory. Children are interested in sign language and often pay attention to what is taught when they are involved. It has been proven that when a child learns a word that is connected to a sign, he will remember more of the meaning of the word.
Speed up the speech process. Research shows that children who use sign language are able to speak faster than those who do not use it.
Increase baby's confidence, self-esteem, and self-expression. Regarding the baby's ability to communicate his desires, needs, and interests through sign language, he becomes much more confident.
Baby sign language stimulates brain development and potentially increases baby IQ. A study illustrates that babies who do so reach the highest scores on their IQ tests later (up to 12.1 Q higher points) than those who do not. When stimulating, sign language uses the left and right brain, while spoken language uses only the left brain. As a result of using these two parts, the brain forms more synapses.
Children who use sign language are able to become bilingual. While introducing your baby to sign language from Australian Baby Hands, you also teach your baby a second language. Research on the brain says language learning skills occur in the first years of a baby's life. By introducing the Auslan language to your baby and continuing to use it after they are able to speak, it means giving children skills to communicate with the deaf or hearing impaired community of Australia.
This article was written by Jackie Durnin: Jackie Durnin is the Author of "Australian Baby Hands", using Auslan, Australian Sign language to communicate with your baby. For more information, visit www.australianbabyhands.com.