Baby Sign Language Before Speech
September 20, 2011
When my daughter was younger, we used baby sign language to communicate. At first, I was skeptical, but I quickly found that joining gestures to words allowed us to understand each other much better than we would have using words alone. As my little girl grew and became more verbal, we used sign less and less. However, I still hold a fondness in my heart for the ways this method helped me understand her.
If you would like to learn some useful signs to share with your babies and toddlers, the Liberty Branch has an entire section of books to help you. I recommend Baby Sign Language: A Step-by-Step Guide to Communicating with Your Little One by Suzie Chafin. This book features adorable photographs by Johnston Bell Grindstaff of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers demonstrating situation-specific signs.
The Everything Baby Sign Language Book by Teresa R. Simpson is another great resource. This book features background information on baby sign, simple photographs with step-by-step directions, and a DVD.
Now, with the lowering of my flat hand from my mouth, I thank you for reading my blog.