Your baby may not be able to talk, but they are always communicating. And while you may have become an expert at interpreting their cries and coos, teaching them sign language is a way to strengthen your bond and jumpstart their child development. The guide below explores some of these advantages.
What Are the Benefits of Teaching Your Baby Sign Language?
1. Empowers Open Communication
Babies have a strong sense of their own emotional and physical needs but can become frustrated when they’re not understood. However, by teaching your baby signs for their favorite foods and toys, you'll be able to respond more readily. They, in turn, will develop the habit of "talking" to you, which will help build their trust.
2. Get a Head Start on Vocabulary
By teaching your baby to sign, you train the same mental muscles that are needed to understand words. As a result, one study found that children who used sign language at an early age developed better language skills than their peers.
3. Encourages Interest in Reading & Literacy
Similarly, your baby will also be engaging the cognitive centers that are used for reading. Language skills and success in school often go hand-in-hand. What's more, when children figure out they can do something well, it often fuels their passion for it, so not only will you be making it easier for them to learn, but encouraging a love of learning as well.
World of Knowledge Child Development Center in Lincoln, NE, encourages children to learn through play and hands-on experiences. With full- and half-day pre-school programs as well as summer camps, your son or daughter will have the chance to flourish under the trained eye of child development professionals. Call (402) 483-4769 to schedule a tour or send a message online with any questions you may have.