Baby sign language, when done properly, definitely does not make children late talkers or hinders language and speech development - research has shown that it does quite the opposite. It is a fantastic tool to aid the development of language and communication. The important factor is how you use the oral langauge in combination with the signing.
For example - don't just sign 'more' to your child, but say to them 'Do you want some more? More?' whist signing 'more' when you say it. When your child signs 'more' back to you, say to them 'more!' you said you want more', signing 'more' again each time you say it.
Obviously if you just signed and didn't speak with your child, they would learn to sign and not speak, but if you use the two in combination, they will learn to use sign as a communication tool to aid in the development of speech and language. Many child care centres use MAKATON, which is a way of using AUSLAN (Australian sign language) to aid in the development of langauge, particularly with children with special needs, but it can be helpful for communication at any age. Have fun with it!
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Well said Regina. So important to use the word with the sign.
Although DD doesn't sign anymore, she has learnt how to say all the words she learnt to sign. And I found as her language developed and she could communicate vocally the signs just gradually dropped away.
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07-12-2011 10:20 #14
I used the auslan website and it has little videos for each sign. Totally free. My daughter is a wonderful speaker and started talking very early. I will definitely be doing it with number two. I started at about six months within weeks she could sign milk, eat and nappy. She would sign more or finished. A child with baby sign bridges the confused what does my child need state. As soon as my dd started talking those words I dropped the signing. She is a very articulate, switched on child as a result of early communication.
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