Teach Your Baby to Sign

Baby Signing Does Have Educational Benefits

Several articles have been published on the use of sign language with babies. For example, there was a study involving two groups of children—one group that was taught baby signing and another group that was not. The researchers found that eight-year-olds who had learned a simple form of baby sign language using invented signs did better on IQ tests than comparable children who had not learned baby sign language.

Babies Can Use Real American Sign Language

Some parents have objected to the use of "made-up" signs instead of using the more official American Sign Language. Either will be useful, and anything that encourages the acceptance of sign language for communication is welcome. But keep in mind there is no need for parents to rely on a different form of sign language when there is plenty of video and book material available for learning American Sign Language.