ASL for Babies

Deciphering a baby's wants and needs is akin to being a scientist meticulously experimenting in order to identify and isolate a particular desire. The most common ways in which baby's express their needs is through smiling, cooing, and crying. Until formal language develops a parent must rely simply on how well the child can communicate without words. This can be easier for some parents than others. Baby's temperaments vary greatly and this further complicates the situation. A baby that frustrates quickly can be far more difficult to communicate with than a more laid back baby.

While, the physiological development for speaking is clearly set, the visual and muscular coordination required for sign language are developed far earlier. Sign language can give infants the ability to communicate far more clearly than smiling, cooing, and crying. While it is amazing to see an infant that can use sign language effectively to communicate, it is not an indication of an advanced baby, but rather it is evidence of parents and caregivers that are deeply interested in nurturing the intellectual development of their infants.

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