Benefits of Signing with Your Baby
|Boost Your Baby's Self-Esteem and Confidence
builds upon success. Your baby can communicate wants and needs sooner using
signs, speak sooner with the help of signing, and learn more at an earlier age.
The more you and your baby communicate, the greater the opportunity for
positive interactions and this leads to higher self esteem and self confidence
for your baby. Your baby is able to influence her world from a very young age
by initiating and participating in conversations while her non-signing peers
are limited to grunting, pointing and crying. Your baby is also likely to be
more stable emotionally since she feels understood and validated long before
she is able to speak. Using signs to express emotions such as happy, sad, mad
and scared also helps your baby to recognize and label emotions in a
Help Your Baby Attain a Higher IQ
Research has also shown that babies who use signs to communicate pre-verbally
score higher on IQ tests. In fact, studies have shown long term benefits as
well. Children at the age of 8 who signed when they were babies scored, on
average, 12 points higher on IQ tests when compared to their non-signing peers.
Perhaps this is because signing allows babies to learn more about the world at
an earlier age by getting feedback from their primary teachers - their parents.
If your baby signs the word "cat" while looking at a "dog" you can easily
explain the difference. Your baby has now been presented with a real world
distinction and thereby given the opportunity to learn. A baby who cannot
communicate what she is thinking cannot be offered such distinctions and
consequently simply cannot learn at the same level as a baby who can.
Enhance Your Baby's Memory
Parents and teachers have been using tactile and movement activities
(kinesthetic anchors) with children of all ages for many years to enhance a
child's ability to retain and recall information. Put simply, adding a touch
and a movement to a word or song helps children remember the word or song. This
is why almost every child in the US can recite the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" or "I'm
a Little Teapot." This is also why most preschool performances add physical
movement to the songs that they present. Movement is simply another way for a
child to remember and later access information that they learn. The same
advantages can be given to your baby by teaching your baby to sign.