Can Baby Sign Language Delay Speech?
It's a valid question. After all, who wants to work hard teaching baby sign language only to discover it delayed the Mommy! you're dying to hear? Yes, in the short-run baby signing is a blessing. A signing infant will give you fewer fits of frustration. But is that short-term benefit worth a potential long term harm? I've taught all my children to sign as babies. They all spoke early. But I'm a gabby girl, and they are all "like their mother". Are they the norm? or the exception? It's time to bring in the big guns and ask an expert. I asked signing-guru and chief editor of the aptly-named website babysignlanguage.com, Misty Weaver to chime in with some clinical facts and rock-hard information on this topic. Here's what she shared. I hope it will help shed some light on your baby signing future.
Baby Sign Language And Speech Development
Child-development experts have been arguing about baby sign language for many years...does teaching baby sign language slow down the process of learning to talk or does it actually speed it up? Or, does Baby Signing have no effect whatsoever? Many experts have found evidence that baby sign language really can be an aid to speech development. Read on to find out more...
How Do Babies Learn To Talk?
How Does Imitation And Repetition Help Speech?
How Does Baby Sign Language Help With Communication?
Confident Babies Are Happy Babies
Can Baby Sign Language And Speech Work Together?
So there you have it. Sign with confidence. It will usher in a peacefully quiet(er) house and a much smarter, talkative growing infant! I'm glad to know that my gabby girls aren't just a product of my own linguistic adventures. Read more about my signing adventures.
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