WHAT IS BABY SIGNING?
Baby signing is communication using signs and facial expression, along with everyday speech, to help your baby communicate before he or she is able to talk. Baby sign is used with all babies deaf or hearing.
So how does this work? A baby's motor skills develop way ahead of their verbal skills, so a baby as young as seven months can produce gestures, hand signals or signs to communicate, often many months before they can speak. Baby sign enables adults and babies to bridge this gap in communication
Babies naturally use different facial expressions, sounds, and gestures in early attempts to communicate with those around them. The first smile, clap, wave bye-bye - it's all about communication. Baby Sign simply extends baby's natural ability to communicate with gestures and facial expression to make early communications more meaningful.
With baby sign, speech and facial expressions are used alongside signs, so when used in context babies will begin understand the concept of vocabulary, and the link between the real object, the sign and the spoken word. Baby signing helps pre-verbal babies make sense of their new, expanding and exciting world.
With time, your baby will begin to understand more and more of your signs, and some time after this begin to use signs to express wants, needs and observations. The very first conversations begin!
As your baby's vocal ability develops he or she will begin to drop the signs and gradually start to transfer from signing to speech.
As well from enjoying early communications with your little one and developing a closer parent-baby bond, scientific studies have found many other benefits of signing with hearing babies.
When compared with their non-signing peers, signing babies were found to have:
- larger vocabularies,
- earlier speech,
- reduced levels of frustration,
- more self-confidence,
- understanding of more words and
- higher scores in intelligence tests
Noa signs "CAT"