OK, so I am at the store today and the lady ahead of me and the clerk were talking about her baby. They were going on and on about how "empowering" baby sign language is. They were discussing the video they have their babies watch to learn it and one was so impressed that other's child signed "Thank you" as their 18 month check up. My kids are 10 and 14, so I know I am out of the loop. But wouldn't it be better to
1. Not plop your infant in front of a video
2. Be excited that they said "Thank you" or "Tank ou" at 18 months like my kids did rather than sign it?
Educate me please!
Answer by But_Mommie at 6:41 AM on Aug. 4, 2009
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Answer by But_Mommie at 7:34 PM on Aug. 2, 2009
Baby sign or sign in deaf or hearing impaired kids does in no way hinder language development. I am a sign language interpreter and my husband is a teacher of the deaf. What happens in babies is that it's much easier to use the hands than it is to use the mouth. So babies pick up sign much quicker than words. But since the sign is paired with the spoken word, ie you say thank you as you sign thank you, most non-deaf kids drop the signs by the time they reach 2 or 3. The primary benefit is that it cuts down on the frustration for the little ones. As far as the video's most of the parents who are investing in these are not just plopping the kids down they are watching with them and interacting.
It is also fabulously helpful for kids with speech or other learning problems. My girls had serious speech delays, we had almost no words at age 5. Signs were the key for us.
Answer by teamquinn at 7:53 PM on Aug. 2, 2009
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