What do you think about toddlers & signing?
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Jennifer - posted on 03/03/2009
When I was about 20 I sat through a 2 hour planning dinner with two other couples & a 10 month old, that did fabolous, due to being able to sign. From that point on I knew I would use it with my children. When my first son was born we were also fostering a young deaf girl, learning sign ourselves in order to parent her. My son was lucky to be immersed in this environment & he picked up the signs naturally, began using them just like a toddler starts to speak, and then started speaking at the "right" time. Even though our foster daughter moved to her adoptive family we continue to incorporate sign into our lives daily because it is very useful. I can use sign to communicate with my son from the other side of a room, or at those times when spoken words could be a bit embarrassing. Also as an early childhood educator I have seen the effects of having a second language early in life be beniftiual to brain development. At nearly three my son attends a spanish speaking school, where he has quickly begun picking up a third language. I have no doubts he will be trilingual, fluent in english, spanish, & sign. I can't express enough how great using sign with babies is, in So many ways!!!
Lisa - posted on 03/03/2009
I highly recommend baby sign language. I started when my daughter was 6mths. Her first sign was "eat" at 9mths. She is now 22mths old and has a signing vocabulary of 30+ signs. Signing eliminated a lot of frustration for us and our daughter. She could communicate what she needed before her first words. As for slowing her language development it's the total opposite. When you teach the sign you also teach the word. Our daughter does the sign while she is saying the word. Sign language is a second language and can be a valuable tool later in life if you keep the learning going.
I can't imagine life with a toddler without sign language. It eliminates a lot of frustration because they can communicate with you and tell you what they really want instead of us having to guess at everything. I highly recommend the Baby Signing Time dvds. They have made signing easy and FUN!
Amy - posted on 10/08/2010
Siging Time is going to PBS in Vegas. It should be on ALL PBS stations!
Signing Time moves beyond mere entertainment. Parents whose children watch Signing Time videos know their infants and toddlers are learning. They are thrilled when their child begins to use signs at home to ask for things they want or share their feelings – even before they can talk. Parents soon discover that this early access to communication helps their young child feel less frustrated and more secure.
“Their hands give them a clear and powerful ‘voice’ – quite a contrast to the whining and pointing traditionally associated with toddlerhood,” said Rachel Coleman, co-creator and host of Signing Time. “The truth is that using sign language with babies and children who can hear is revolutionizing early learning and parenting in America.”
Signing Time also offers powerful social and educational benefits to children ages 3-8. Research indicates that signing is an effective multi-sensory teaching tool for building vocabulary and early reading skills. Signs allow children to become physically engaged in reading and learning. As a second language, American Sign Language helps children communicate with their deaf peers and with children who must rely on signing for communication.
Please send ST Louis PBS an e-mail at email@example.com asking for Signing Time in your area!!!
Trisha - posted on 09/11/2011
No. I don't believe that at all, if anything, it should encourage her to be more verbal if you are saying the word as you sign it, it will help her speech!
I started teaching my son (now 10yrs) at just 7 months basic signs to more easily find out what he wanted/needed. He started signing back by 9 months and it was very helpful to know what he wanted without him getting discouraged and would cry less. He was pretty much a laid back baby and would say "Mama" (his first word) at 5 months when he wanted me! I did the basics for him...eat, sleep, more, milk, book and a few others and added more words here and there as he grew. At 2 yrs, he was still saying and signing "more", but I really wish that I had continued to teach him even though he had an awesome vocab for his age.
My daughter (now 3 1/2) on the other hand, was more of a crier and was far more "difficult" than her big brother. At just 2 months, yes I thought I was crazy myself for trying that early, I started signing 'milk' with her.. and lo and behold, by 5 months she had signed it herself! I started adding more signs here and there and that did reduce the crying time, because she could tell me what she wanted. I also found a great tool...YouTube and Baby Signing Time! Fast forward to about 18 months and she was signing herself as well as talking. She knew the alphabet by then and would try to sign the letters as well. If I signed the letters, she could tell you what the letters were and could also count. I don't know how many words she still knows as far as signing goes, but she's got quite the vocab for her age and I believe that signing was a big help.
I would also like to add that signing is also great for toddlers if you want/have to be in a quiet setting, you can sign to them and communicate and it teaches them that there are other ways to "talk" and I think that if you keep up with it and make it fun, then they will like it and want to continue with it themselves. :)
I hope this helped and sorry if I rambled on too much with my story.
Jenny - posted on 09/10/2011
Signing will only IMPROVE her talking. My daughter has been exposed to Signing Time since birth (she's now 2 1/2). Because of her exposure she was saying words like Vegetable, broccoli, butterfly and caterpiller at age 13 months. She is so expressive and although she speaks beautifully and in multiple word senteces, she will also use signs when listening to songs or while we read stories to her. She is learning a foreign language and we were communicating with her before she started speaking. I can not say enough about the positives of using ASL with infants and toddlers.
Beth - posted on 09/10/2011
I love it, your Ped is a keeper.. My Peditrician, has refered both my boys to child find; a speach assistance program from the ages of 1-3 1/2 my first son had been reffered, he speaks wonderfully, lots of emotion and patience with understanding what people or a gesture means. its impressive, there is a lot of advantages to knowing a simple language that is so simple as far as a gesture, why not teach the child how to also use their Sticky Fingers to communicate and expaning an english language, being said, it is quite a bit harder for an adult to learn at a expected pace, but a child can be a sponge and be very social, my boys are social butterflies.Really, Depends how intreged you are by sign language.
But note* My mother and Father are deaf, I am a English/ASL speaking mother of Two speaking Boys.
i didn't do it because i figure if my son can communicate without using words he has less motivation to use his words. i'm not sure if it actually does delay speech. i just don't see it as important unless you have a child who really struggles with speaking/has a disability
Briana - posted on 09/09/2011
I've started teaching my daughter sign language and she's picking it up very quickly. It's becoming MUCH easier to understand her needs and there's a lot less frustration between us due to communication issues. It hasn't slowed her talking at all. I highly recommend teaching your child sign language.
Jamie - posted on 10/10/2010
I think signing is AMAZING!!! It really helps my daughter n her communication she learns the sign n not long after she learns how to say the word cuz every time she signs I say the word of what she's signing so she understands what she's signing the she starts sying it n signing it.
we started signing with our son when he was 10 months old. once he started siging..the words came flowing out! everytime he learned a sign he said the word also. its great because he hardly ever throws tantrums because he can tell me what he needs!
Nitsa - posted on 03/03/2009
sign language is good for toddler you can use asl or making up sign that you know know that like help you all day but i like asl sign language better because everyone will know thaat they what and it will help later in life
Jen - posted on 03/03/2009
I've found it easier to teach my daughter since she turned 1. I teach her words that she already knows how to say that way she will sign and say that word at the same time. She only signs more, milk (even though she kind of signs that for more than milk now), and where'd it go. We've been busy lately so I haven't taught her anymore. I wanted to teach her ball, but then realized that she had trouble making that sign (she's only 15 months). To tell you the truth I'd rather teach a toddler sign language than an infant b/c they understand what is going on better. Good luck.
Kelle - posted on 03/03/2009
Thanks to all those that responded. Your information and personal stories have really given me the boost that I needed to get going. I have an appointment with a sign language teacher tommorrow; to pick up some books & instructions to start out with.!! Thanks ladies!
Jessica - posted on 03/03/2009
I have two sons and have done some signing with both. I definitely agree that it is a fantastic way to help them communicate. It's a common concern to worry about it delaying speech. I've read studies showing just the oppositive though. My kids have definitely benefitted from being able to tell us things through signs and neither is delayed with speech. It helps reduce frustration for them and my own thought is that it's good for them realize they can communicate with others in different ways. And, it's fun!
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