Friday, May 1, 2009

Communicating with Your Baby

Do wish to know what your child is trying to communicate to you? Does your child get frustrated because you don't understand what he/she is trying to say?

Teaching your baby some basic sign language can help your child (and YOU) to communicate more effectively and get less frustrated (also to avoid breakdowns and tantrums!). There are SO MANY benefits of using Baby Sign Language. First of all, it gives your baby the ability to express his or her important needs and thoughts.

Here are some additional baby signing benefits:

  • Promotes the development of language skills
  • Increase speed of spatial reasoning development
  • Develops understanding of language for communication of emotions
  • May increase IQ
  • Increases creative thinking
  • Teaches a 2nd language that is formally recognized (ASL)
  • Reduces unexplainable emotional outbursts
  • Increases early literacy skills
  • Teaches baby how to start (and participate in) a conversation
Just teaching your child simple words like "more", "all done" and "milk" will make your life SO much easier. It is also fun to teach them good manners early on by teaching words such as "please", "thank you" and "sorry".

Here are some great tools that will help you and your child learn some basic signs:

Baby Sign Language Basic by Monta Z. Briant

Signing Time DVDs