Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BSL: Baby Sign Language

There are so many different opinions on signing. I taught Cohen nugget a few signs just to see how he would respond and if he would reciprocate them back to me.

Four that I used were "More" "Please" and "Thank you" "All Done". I wanted him to communicate during meal time and manners are important for everyday things. So far I use the sign for more while Leo is eating. He tends to stare at me because he is still young. I figure by 7 months he might catch on, since he should be able to clap. When I clap my hands he bangs his hands on his tray trying to make his hands meet one another.

My mom was going on and on about how ridiculous she thought signing was. What she didn't remember was that I used it with Cohen. Her opinion was that by teaching them signing, developmentally they will rely on signs rather than speaking.

With Cohen, he has taken awhile to talk. I guess at about 2 was when you could kind of make out what he was saying. I would hear other kids talk and feel like he was delayed. 2 1/2 he really started to talk and then I couldn't get him to stop. He has a hard time with "S" "R" "TH" "CH". Sometimes you wonder what language he is speaking. I don't know if he is delayed in that way because I taught him signing and he became lazy with speech. Whenever I did sign, I would use the word and sign at the same time, so eventually he would sign please and say "Pwease".

I'm amazed at how quickly Leo has been reaching his Milestones and at a quicker pace than Cohen. I guess when they have someone to watch and look up to, they will try crawling, talking, walking before you can even stop it from happening. Cohen still remembers the signs, I forgot what they were and I said what does this sign mean and he said "Please". Their minds are sponges and will absorb anything you want them too.

Here are some guidelines to follow and an explanation about BSL.

Baby sign language — when babies use modified gestures from American Sign Language — can be an effective communication tool. Teaching and practicing baby sign language also can be fun and give you and your child an opportunity to bond.

Limited research suggests that baby sign language might give a typically developing child a way to communicate several months earlier than those who only use vocal communication. This might help ease frustration between ages 8 months and 2 years — when children begin to know what they want, need and feel but don't necessarily have the verbal skills to express themselves. Children who have developmental delays might benefit, too. Further research is needed, however, to determine if baby sign language promotes advanced language, literacy or cognition.

To begin teaching your child baby sign language, familiarize yourself with signs through books, websites or other sources. To get the most out of your baby sign language experience, keep these tips in mind:

Set realistic expectations. Feel free to start signing with your child at any age — but remember that most children aren't able to communicate with baby sign language until about age 8 months.
Keep signs simple. Start with signs to describe routine requests, activities and objects in your child's life — such as more, drink, eat, mother and father.

Choose signs that are of most interest to your child.
Make it interactive. Try holding your baby on your lap, with his or her back to your stomach. Embrace your baby's arms and hands to make signs. Or carry your baby and make the sign on his or her body.

Alternate talking and not talking while signing. To give signs context, try signing while bathing, diapering, feeding or reading to your baby.

Acknowledge and encourage your child when he or she uses gestures or signs to communicate.

Stay patient. Don't get discouraged if your child uses signs incorrectly or doesn't start using them right away. The goal is improved communication and reduced frustration — not perfection. However, avoid accepting indiscriminate movements as signs


Post a Comment