The research, findings and benefits of baby sign language

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From all the studies conducted in this field the benefits of introducing your baby to sign language are vast


Baby sign language;

-     Can empower your baby to communicate with those around them before they are able
to speak.
This means that your baby may be able to communicate what they want
when they want it. It may also enable them to initiate a conversation
about topics that interest them. Furthermore it bridges the gap between
no language and spoken language.

-     Can reduce frustration for both you and your baby.
Sign language may allow your baby to tell you what they want, what`s
wrong or what hurts. Therefore your baby may experience less
frustration, tantrums and crying. If your baby is able to communicate
their basic needs to you, it means you do not have to try and interpret
their cries. Sign language can help reduce those tear-filled frustrated
moments.

-     Can enrich the parent-child relationship.
By introducing baby sign language into your home, you are enhancing the
bond with your baby. The nature of Baby sign communication leads you
and your baby towards responding to each other in turn and this is a
really valuable skill. Signing involves daily interactions with your
baby that will eventually lead to a two-way conversation.

-     Can provide an insight into your baby`s mind and who they really are.
Baby sign language allows your baby to initiate a conversation with you
about what they are interested in. It allows you to see what they are
thinking, what they are interested in and what the world looks like
from their view. All this before your baby can talk!

-     Can stimulate intellectual development and improve memory.
Children are fascinated with sign language and often pay greater
attention to what is being taught when it is involved. It has also been
shown that when children learn a word in conjunction with the sign,
they are more likely to remember the meaning of the word.

-     Can accelerate the speech process.
Research has shown that children who use sign language may acquire spoken language
faster than non-signing children.

-     Can enhance a baby`s confidence, self-esteem and self-expression.
Due to a baby`s ability to communicate their needs, wants and interests through
signing, a baby may become more confident.

-     Baby sign language can stimulate brain development and potentially increase your
baby`s I.Q.
Teaching sign language can stimulate your baby`s brain
development.  Research has illustrated that signing babies achieve
higher scores on future I.Q. tests (up to 12 I.Q. points higher) than
children who learn to speak in the traditional manner.

Signing can stimulate brain development as when learning sign language
you use both the right and left hemisphere of the brain compared to
learning a spoken language, which only uses the brain`s left
hemisphere. This use of both hemispheres results in the brain building
more synapses.

-     Children who keep up sign language are effectively bilingual.
By introducing your baby to signs from Australian Baby Hands, you are
introducing your baby to a second language. Brain research suggests
that language skills are acquired best in the first years of a baby`s
life. Also, by introducing Auslan to your baby and continuing to use
this wonderful language after they can speak, you are giving your child
the gift to communicate with the Australian deaf and hard of hearing
community in sign language.

Article written by Jackie Durnin:

Jackie Durnin is the Author of “Australian Baby Hands”, using Auslan, Australian
Sign Language to communicate with your baby. 

Australian Baby Hands is currently being implemented by families and
Childcare centre`s around Australia.  For more details go to www.australianbabyhands.com
where you can register for you`re FREE chart of common signs.  For
further information contact info@australianbabyhands.com



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