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Sign Language for Infants
By Emily and Megan
Why teach children Sign Language
• Greatest human need is to be understood
• First natural forms of communication
• All babies use their hands to communicate before
they can speak
• Babies no longer have to cry for what they want
or need
• Signing is a bridge to speech
• Fine motor skills in hands develop faster than
their muscles required for speech
Benefits
• Learn more about the world at an early age
• Babies that can sign are less frustrated
because they can communicate exactly what
they want and influence their word before
being able to talk
• Less frustration for parents because they don’t
have to guess what their child needs or wants
• More time interacting in a positive way
Long Term Benefits
• Signing babies speak sooner and more likely
will have a higher vocabulary once they begin
to speak
• Babies that used signs proverbially have
scored higher on IQ test
• 9 year olds will typically score 12 points higher
one IQ test
What babies need to be able to do
before learning Sign Language
• If baby can wave, point, clap hands baby can
learn to sign
• Parents should start doing the signs before
baby can imitate them because it helps to
become familiar with it
What a parent should do
• Start off with a few signs and use the sign in
daily routines
• Make the sign every time you say the word
• Once the infant mastered a sign add a new
sign
• Say the word every time you make the sign to
keep the strong connection between sign and
word
Needs
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Sleep
Bed
Milk
All done
Change
Food/Eat
Thirsty
Bath
More
Commands
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Come here
Wait
No
Yes
Stop
Manners
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Thank you
Your Welcome
Please
Sorry
Family
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Mom
Dad
Sister
Brother
Baby
Girl
Boy
Fun Words
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Phone
Book
Cookie
Hug
Kiss
I love you
Quiz
1. Which develops first fine motor skills in hands or
muscles in mouth? Fine Motor Skills
2. What is one benefit for teaching signs to babies?
See Slide 3
3. What should a parent do to help their child learn
the signs? See Slide 6
4. How many signs was the child in the video able to
do? 30
5. Cookie
6. Book
7. Please more milk
8. No thank
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