Benefits of Sign Communication for Babies

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Photo by Tom Feltenberger

By: Amanda Nagle, MA, CCC-SLP/L

Sign communication is an easy way to give your child a way to express herself before she is using spoken words.  It is easy to implement and model core words that we use throughout the day and throughout naturally occurring activities like playing, eating, reading and singing.  This will teach your child to communicate core words within repeated activities.  Signs can reduce your child’s frustration by giving her a way to communicate a specific word before she can speak the word.

Here are a few examples of ways to add signs to the spoken words you are already using.

  • You can model ‘more’ when you want more milk, when you are giving your child more milk or when you are giving your child more crackers.More
  • You can model ‘all done’ or ‘finished’ as you end a play activity or at the end of a meal or snack.

Finished

  • You can model ‘eat’ when you are going to eat or when you ask your child if she wants something to eat. Eat
  • You can model ‘drink’  or ‘milk’ when you are asking your child if she wants a drink or when you tell your child that you are getting a drink.

Drink

  • You can model ‘help’ when you see that your child is beginning to get frustrated with something and needs help.

Help

  • Model ‘I love you’ any time of course!
I Love You
I Love You

Here are some great websites with additional tips and videos.

Sign Savvy

Hand Speak

Baby Sign Language

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