However, some parents are concerned that sign language will hinder speech development. Don’t worry, it won’t! Research has shown that sign language builds speaking skills, and some toddlers who sign may start speaking sooner.
Here are some great benefits of using sign language with your toddler:
- Gives your toddler another way to communicate with you.
- Decreases frustration and tantrums when your toddler has a difficult time talking.
- Increases your toddler’s vocabulary and language skills
- Improves attention skills
- Promotes fine motor growth
Some of the best signs to start with are “more”, “all done”, “eat” and “drink” because they cover some of your toddler’s basic needs. Other good signs to teach your toddler include “yes”, “no”, “milk”, “mama”, and “daddy.” You can learn how to sign some of the signs listed above and get a free sign language printable chart by visiting this website: http://www.babysignlanguage.com/wp-content/uploads/chart/baby-sign-language-chart-us.pdf
To learn more speech and language tips to help your toddler talk and communicate faster, be sure to check out my book on Amazon Kindle, Talking With Todders - 52 Tips to Boost Speech and Language Skills.