In honor of the Baby Sign Language class I am going to start teaching at the end of the month (if more people sign up!!!), this month’s Wordless Wednesday is devoted to that topic. See last week’s post about WHY to sign with your child.
I am also combining Wordless Wednesday with Works for me because I was up late watching Gilmore Girls I am really good at multi-tasking.
When should I start signing with my child?
Babies and Sign Language says:
The fact is that Baby Sign Language can be taught as soon as parents are able to make and keep consistent eye contact with their infant. Teaching babies sign language requires your infant to be able to focus on the hand movement and have the cognitive skills to connect a gesture with a particular item.
A good way to judge when an infant is readyto begin using Baby Sign Language is when he or she can understand and use most simple hand motions. These include gestures for words like “hi” or “bye”, or Baby nodding head to mean yes, or shaking it to mean no.
How long will it take for my child to begin to use sign language?
Rachel at Signing Times states:
It really depends on when you start. If you start baby sign language with your newborn, they may not reciprocate until 8-14 months old. If you start with your 2 year old, they may respond immediately or it may take a couple of months. If your child has physical, mental or developmental delays, take that into consideration. My daughter Lucy had no words and no signs and showed no interest in communication for two long years. Her doctors did not expect that to change. We didn’t give up, we continued exposing her to sign and speech, and suddenly she had a language explosion in speech AND sign!