Communicating with Babies and Toddlers
Allows your child to clearly communicate specific thoughts.
Reduces frustration for your baby and for you.
Accelerates verbal language. Signing children often speak 3-4 months earlier.
Signing children have on average a 30% higher vocabulary
Research shows that signing may actually improve a child's I.Q. by 10-12 points.
Encourages an early interest in books and reading.
Can serve as a language bridge between English and non-English speakers.
Can help parents and paediatricians identify injuries, pain, and other ailments.
Enables teachers to accurately meet the needs of many children at once.
Allows more time for positive interactions since children’s needs are more quickly met.
Empowers children to communicate successfully, leaving them happier and more content.
Gives children the opportunity to engage in two-way conversations with teachers and peers at an earlier age thus leading to more developed language skills.
Serves as a language bridge for children and staff who speak different languages.
Encourages healthy social interactions when signs like “stop” and “share are used to solve problems.
Results in less frustration meaning fewer instances of biting, hitting, and screaming.
Allows for more effective child-centred learning to take place.
Can be used with infants, toddlers and preschool children.
In South Africa South African Sign Language (SASL) is the primary language for the Deaf.
Signing is suitable for children who have:
(RESEARCH article available on request)
Apraxia of Speech
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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Undergone a Tracheotomy
Delays of Prematurity
Post-surgical conditions that inhibit normal speech
Side effects of chemotherapy resulting in an inability to speak
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and ADHD
It is never too late to introduce signing to children, even when they communicate verbally.
Signing benefits verbal children in the following areas:
Fine motor muscle development
Joint attention promotes concentration
Improves social skills - reading social cues and encourages problem solving
Assists in conceptual development
Serves as a base for future languages