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How To Learn Sign Language

Baby Sign Language: An Introduction | Parents

-Hi, I’m Lora Heller. I’m a music therapist,
and teacher of the deaf, and founding director of Baby
Fingers in New York City. Our program teaches sign language
through songs and musical play to help parents bond with
their babies and to help jump start language development.
Today, I’d like to teach you some signs that you can use with
your baby, but first, I think you should know why.
There are tremendous amount of benefits to introducing your baby
to sign language at an early age. First and most
important is communication. A lot of studies show that babies
who sign have a higher IQ and a larger vocabulary than their peers who are not signing. Studies
also show that babies who sign tend to speak earlier
than those who don’t. They have a vocabulary. They have
motivation. They have command of the language. But the most
important thing is the interaction between you and your baby
and the fact that you can communicate and understand
each other. Babies who are exposed to sign language from birth
could potentially sign as early as 6 months where they might
not say their first world until well after their
first birthday, but if you don’t start signing so early, older
babies who are exposed to sign around a year old
or after might start signing within a week or
so. It’s a very exciting process. So, I encourage you
to take your time today, enjoy the process learning,
and sign with your baby. If you can incorporate a couple
of signs in your daily routine, you’ve gotten your
first goal of communicating with your baby. Now, let’s get

One Reply to “Baby Sign Language: An Introduction | Parents”

  • I all for baby signing. I enrolled my nephew to some baby singing classes at SignShine. The results were awesome. He speaks full sentences (and lots of them). These classes have done good to him. I hope it will allow him to be a step ahead. Baby signing rocks!

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