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"Boost Your Child Intelligent with Baby Sign"

All parents with a newborn should demonstrate to their baby
simple sign language at the same time while talking to them.
Two or three commonly used concepts like "drink", "eat" and
"more" are easy to teach and do.

Why is sign language important? It is the easiest way for
an infant and a parent to communicate with other aside from
crying. It is ease to demonstrate. Babies can understand
sign language in several weeks. Babies who understand sign
language are happier babies and less frustrated. They are
advanced too in acquiring spoken words.

Crying is the first communication skill of infant. Most
mothers can tell the cry of hunger and the cry of being wet.
Certainly the cry of pain is familiar to almost all parents.
Parents should not use crying as the main method of
communication of their baby. They should try their best to
reduce crying in their baby.

If a parent consistently uses the sign for "drink" at least
three times before giving the bottle of formula, after
several weeks, the baby will associate the "drink" sign for
the formula that will satisfy her hunger. Another few weeks,
when the baby is hungry, she would learn to make the actual
sign language which is bringing the palm towards her mouth.
She would start using the sign for "drink" often because it
makes her mom come with a bottle of formula. This method of
communication is easier and happier than crying when she is
hungry or thirsty.

Now that she can get the attention of her mother by doing
the sign for "drink" her frequency of crying will
dramatically decrease. Goodbye crying, welcome sign language.

Cullen started to learn sign language at about 8 month old.
By 12-month-old, the boy was able to do a "two-word" sign
language such as "more drink" and "all gone". According to
Cullen's mother, he could do sign language for "thank you",
"more", "help", "eat", "yes", "clap" and "bad". His mother
said that he is a happy boy and does not get frustrated
because he can do some sign language. If he wants to drink,
he makes a "more drink" sign and if he is hungry, he does
the sign for "eat more."

Results of Baby Signs Study by Linda Acredolo, Ph.D and
Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D showed that baby sign actually increase
the language and cognitive development in baby. More than
140 families were studied when their babies were eleven
months. Each baby was assigned to Baby Signing or Non-Signing
groups. Both groups were about similar at the start of the
study in terms of: sex and birth order of the children, their
tendency to vocalize or verbalize words, and the parents'
income level and education.

Both groups were assessed at 11, 15, 19, 24, 30, and 36
months old using standardized language measurements. As
many children as could be relocated at eight years old were
assessed using the WISC-III IQ test, the most commonly used
measure of intelligence in children.

The result of the study showed that at 24 months old, the
groups of Baby Signers were on average talking more like
a 27 to 28 months old compared to the Non-Signing group.
This is a three-month advanced in language that the Non-
Signing group. The Baby Signer group was putting much longer
sentences. The 36-month-old Baby Signer group was talking
like 47 months old making them about one year ahead in
language development than the Non-Signer group. At eight
years old, the Baby Signers had an average of 12 points
higher in IQ on the WISC-III than the Non-Signer group
(114 vs 102).

This long term follow up showed that babies who learned
Baby Sign from 11 months old had a more advanced language
and cognitive development.

"Baby Signs, Revised Edition: How to Talk with Your Baby
Before Your Baby Can Talk
" by Linda Acredolo, Ph.D and Susan
Goodwyn, Ph.D, Page 28, Copyright 2002


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