Dr. Joseph Garcia pioneered baby sign language to help parents communicate with infants and toddlers. It involves using hands to perform manual signing for basic needs and wants. While infants and toddlers try to communicate their needs, their only way to do so is through crying, at least before they can speak. Cognitive language develops before speech, so your baby can't communicate verbally even though they are already understanding a lot of what you say. There are many benefits to learning sign language with your baby.
Baby sign language borrows and simplifies gestures from American Sign Language and lets you get the jump on effective communication with your infant or toddler. Teaching and practicing baby sign language is fun to do and provides an opportunity to bond with your child. Baby sign language gives developing children an effective way to communicate months earlier than waiting for vocal communication to develop.
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