There isn’t anything strange in the fact that babies can learn sign language. They aren’t able to learn whole sign language, but there are some basic signs they can learn and understand. As you know, babies are excellent mimics, and they have excellent memory in first years of their life.
You don’t have to teach children normal sign language; you can simply teach them how to express their needs and emotions through signs. They will pick these things rather fast, and you will be able to communicate with them even though they can’t say a word. Here on the Baby Sign Language Shop we will give you some general info about benefits of sign language teaching, and in future we will give you examples of some basic signs you can teach your baby. But the best option is to do a little search because there are some courses about sign language teaching you can attend.
Levels of frustration, both for you and your baby, will go down once it learns few signs. At the beginning it will be hard, but with a patient approach you will be rewarded. You also must be careful because a baby can’t fully mimic the sign, but it will be close to the sign you have shown.
The bond between you and your baby will be stronger with sign language. If a child doesn’t know sign language you don’t know what they are thinking and what they are trying to tell you. This gap disappears with sign language. Whenever your child has something to convey, they will do that through signs, and the basic knowledge that you have understood them will be enough to bring you two closer.
Many parents who have heard about sign language think that it might impair the child’s understanding of speech, but the effect is, according to research, opposite. As you converse with your child through the sign language you should speak the words represented by signs. This will help your child to connect the words with signs, and their vocabulary, once they start to speak, will be improved.
As I have mentioned early in the article you will have to possess some patience if you want your child to learn sign language. You can start teaching sign language to your kid once it is 6 months old, but first 4 or 5 months will be very slow. Real desire to communicate develops only when the child is around 10 months old, and only then your child will increase the speed in which it learns signs.
First signs that you should teach your baby should be things that it is interested in. Babies will pick them faster than the things that they hate or avoid. At the beginning, try with words for food or drink and something similar. It might take some time for the child to repeat the sign, but you shouldn’t give up after few days.As the time passes and your child learns basic signs you can try to raise the level and go with more complicated signs, the effect will be pleasing.