Sunday, December 21, 2008

Don't give up when your baby begins to speak

I hear from a lot of parents that they taught their baby to sign milk, more, eat and potty and then their baby started to talk, so they gave up. Remember, signing may actually speed up the learning process for language development. It is also a great tool to help your child learn their ABCs. Many professionals are using sign language in the classroom because it reinforces learning, "while teaching children a hands-on second language" (to quote Rachel Coleman from Signing Time). SO don't give up just because your child has started to talk. Remember if she says three words and signs 25 that is a 28 word vocabulary. Imagine if she says 25 and signs 75, that is a 100 word vocabulary. And remember signing is a fun way to bond with your children!

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