The Importance Of Baby Sign Language Sign

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Around 2000 there started a trend, new mothers were teaching their young children “baby sign.” Other moms told them they could teach their infants and toddlers, certain signs, such as “milk”, “diaper”, “juice”, etc., and would be able to communicate with their children. When introducing her book Baby Sign Language Basics, Montra Briant says “I was also intrigued by the idea of being able to communicate with my baby before she could talk – what would she say?” (2009, p . ix) The concept of gesture communication made many parents delighted that during the time when their child is unable verbalizing would be with fewer tantrums and tears. Baby Sign Language helps children who have yet to learn their expressive language develop yet communicate, …show more content…
As a result, teaching the child to use specific hand gestures as communication is natural. For that reason, most parents will teach their children to point at what they want or need to try to make life easier, although they may not use baby sign. Goldin-Meadow suggests that “imagistic and analogue gestures that accompany speech reflect thought and knowledge of the speaker/gesturer that is often not expressed in other more codified forms of communication” (as cited in Doherty-Sneddon, 2008, p. 4). With this in mind, pointing and signs can say more than one would casually think. Due to this, the majority of people who decide to use baby sign use American Sign Language (ASL) to guide them in teaching these gestures because there are so many ways resources that to help teach the child and something that the child can use for the rest of their lives (Briant, 2009, p. 6). When trying to find resources to teach their child baby signs they can find DVDs and books of baby sign in many local libraries, and classes if they perform a Google search. In fact, a quick search for baby sign language at the local Lawrence County library has four DVDs and neighboring Giles county library four …show more content…
According to the case of Marco performed by Capirchi, et al., deaf children or children inside of deaf families show no real enhancement in their spoken language with the use of signs (as cited in Doherty-Sneddon 2009, p 4). Though Holmes and Holmes performed a study of children that had hearing parents who also knew sign language and taught their children as infants to a group of children that had not been taught sign language, and the children that were taught sign language spoke and signed their first ten words 3.1 months quicker than the children that were not exposed to sign language (as cited in Paling, 2007, p. 2). In contrast, Johnston et al. did studies that had many varying results some saying that it could be harmful for a parent to stress themselves out on if they are teaching their children enough to benefit them in the future (as cited in Paling, 2007, p. 3) Barnes (2010) tells us that because of this the studies that have been done are flawed for reasons such as “many samples were small, the subjects were not matched to randomly assigned control groups so there may have been selection bias, and it is possible that these children were precocious (p. 23). Johnson, et al. also states that some of the original analyses are secondary studies of data composed from an original study (as cited in Barnes,

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