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Should parents teach their babies sign language?

Posted by Peter Barnes on February 18, 2014 at 4:34 PM


Quite a few new parents wonder whether they should try to teach their babies sign language to help them learn to speak.

Remember "little Jack" from Meet the Fockers movie and his baby signing lessons? Well, language experts - from Universities and professional practice - say you are better to put your energy as a new mother into other interactions with your baby. For example researchers from the University of Hertfordshire - there is no evidence to support claims that using baby signing with babies helps to accelerate their language development (ScienceDaily Oct. 4, 2012) . Read the full article here.

According to Devon Barnes, Clinical Director of the LearnFast Group, speech pathologists recommend focusing on developing oral language skills in babies rather than teaching the baby to sign. Signing can be useful however, for those who have language impairments.

What do you think? Do you or have you used baby signing with your child and did you feel it helped them learn the the associated words any quicker than if you hadn't, do you observe enhanced language development?

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