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is it good to teach sign language to my 4year old?

Cynthia - posted on 05/28/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my 4 year old has a speach problem and wont talk much, she is going to start preschool next september, but the teacher told me to start teaching her sign language so she can let them know if she is hungry or need to go potty, but I dont know if that is a good idea or it will slower more her speach.

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Sarah - posted on 05/29/2009

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I would definetly recommend teaching her sign language, in the mean time get her booked in with a speech therapist and talk and read or sing to her as much as you can. Sometimes is cruel to be kind aswell so play games with her and encourage her to ask for things or she wont get what she hasnt asked for. Please let meknow how you get on. xx

Jolanda - posted on 05/29/2009

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Try Makaton: it's a combination of speach and sign language, originally designed to aid children with learning difficulties to speak. We found that the speach of our (bilingual and therefore slower) children got a great kickstart from it.

Nicola - posted on 05/29/2009

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in england the majoraty of nursary children age 3 years do get taught sign language they say the earlyer they start the quicker the pick it up

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We did signing with all four of our kids (along with the verbal) and they are all great talkers now, plus kids develop cognitively before they develop verbally so it eases up on frustration.

Lindsey - posted on 05/29/2009

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i think sign language should be taught to all children yes definately go for it just keep talking as you are teaching x

Pamela - posted on 05/29/2009

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Yes a great tool for language development no matter what stage they are at!!!!!

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YES!!! I've used basic signs (eat, more, done,...) with my grandson since he was very young along with speach. He is now a VERY bright 19 month old that is advavanced (according to his pediatrician) in speech! It won't hurt your daughter at all. It might even ease some of the frustration for BOTH pof you! Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 05/28/2009

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I would tell you to go for it! No matter what, she now has a way to communicate what she needs. My kids, with no delays, started learning sign language at daycare before they were one...simple phrases, please, thank you, more milk...but imagine not being able to communicate and how frustrating that would be. My girl twin started talking before her twin brother. His frustration with not being able to communicate came out in temper tantrums, head banging on anything...floor, doors, ground, cars etc. he also threw everything when he got so pissed off. once he started to talk more, he was a different little boy.

Sharon - posted on 05/28/2009

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I would definately recommend implementing some simple sign language atleast to get her needs met or known. I work with developmentally delayed infants and toddlers. We utilize sign language with kiddos we work witht hat have speach delays. It acts as a great way to bridge communiation. Speech Therapists actually recommend this as well. It helps childrent o realize they can communicate with others and also eases any frustration that a child may be feeling due to their poor communication or lack of language abilities. If your child is 4yrs and is not able to communicate basic needs you should check with your local school district. There are programs available that are free to her through the school district. If she exhibits a moderate delay or more she could recieve speech therapy to assist her in her communication attempts and encourage further language development.

Sabra - posted on 05/28/2009

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Try teaching her sign language but always speak while you are doing it that way she will still pick up on the verbal communication. Wether it be verbal or physical communication though at least its a form of communication.

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