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Benefits of Teaching Your Baby the Sign Language

By Charles Hopkins Published 11/2/2006 | Parenting
 

Only a mother can tell you what it takes to bring up a child. The early months are the most difficult days when there exists a communication gap between the mother and the child, as both of them lack a common vehicle of conveying their messages to each other. In the absence of an understandable language, the child is unable to express what it wants and mother cannot translate the meaning of persistent crying of her child.

The baby sign language is the only tool that comes to your help to bridge the gap between the mother and the child in its early days. Just imagine how wonderful it would have been if your six month old child could let you know that she is in pain! Or send out the signal every time she wets her diaper! Just imagine how beautiful life would be, if your child could express her desire for having more foods or let you know that she is feeling sleepy!

Do you think these are impossible to achieve? In fact you can turn your child rearing days into happiest days of your life through a range of baby sign languages. This is a technique to achieve coordination between the thought process of you and your child. With sign language training, your days of helplessness and perplexities are gone for once and for all, as you know the tricks to evaluate the needs of your little one and pacify her quickly by doing the needful.

As a mother you might feel ridiculous when you fail to alleviate the tension when the little thing starts to throw the tantrums. But, just think about it; your little one is equally helpless in her failure to communicate her demands. Training in sign language helps the child to overcome this helplessness.

Always remember, even your newborn baby can understand your language, but she is unable to interpret what is going on in her little head because of the short of the speech. For twenty-four months of their life they are unable to shape up their speech properly to state clearly what they want. The help of sign language can make up this incompleteness in their communication in this phase of their lives. And you will have a happier child that can better understand and communicate with the world around her.

Prior to mid nineties, gross misconceptions and unnecessary stigmas used to be attached to the baby sign language as a communication tool between the bay and the parents. But a chain of recent researches has been successful in allaying all fears or insecurities associated with baby sign languages. It was successfully established that training in signing language does not deter or delay the childs speaking power. Contrary to the popular belief, signing actually leads to earlier communication.

It has been seen that a child with a signing training in its infancy develops into a more successful communicator in the latter course of life than their counterparts who had not been trained in the signing in their infancies. The sign language trained child also becomes a more sensible communicator for his age. An early training in sign language helps a child to develop into an active communicator that has the ability to initiate the communication, rather than merely sitting as a passive onlooker.

Probably the best thing that the baby sign language can do for your child is to boost up his IQ scores. Certain researches carried on in the University of California have established a link between history of infant signing and a higher IQ scores in the latter years. In fact, a 12-point gap has been discovered between two groups of children---the first group of children that had been trained to baby sign languages and second group that had not.

To summarize the thing up:

  • Infant signing training is a great way of sharing what is going on in the little head of your child.
  • This sharing makes her a more confident child, because her fears and frustrations are alleviated.
  • The child also becomes more trusting as she knows that her needs will be understood and satisfied.

Thus, sign language makes the world more beautiful for your baby and for all those who are the parts of your babys environment.