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Wow: of the best amazing stories you will read for the sign language of children.

Wow: of the best amazing stories you will read for the sign language of children.


Wow: of the best amazing stories you will read for the sign language of children.



In the 19th Century William Dwight Whitney a 19th century American Linguist had very curious observations. He discovered that the children of deaf parents were able to communicate earlier than the children of hearing parents. 

Whitney was a Yale professor and also editor of the most comprehensive early dictionaries. He had recognised and started to remark on the superior communication abilities of the children of profoundly deaf parents.

 These children who despite having a communication impairment of parents whom did not speak, learned to speak through the initial communicate of sign. Whitney did not take it much further than that. 

His curiosity and findings were left largely un-investigated for more than 100 years until it was rediscovered in the 1970s. 

In the 1970’s Dr. Joseph Garcia, then an ASL interpreter was to take the next step. Dr. Garcia saw that the children of his deaf friends were communicating with their parents as early as six months old using sign language and had substantial vocabularies at the age of nine months old. This was astounding, as most babies didn’t start even saying their first few words until 12 months old.

Dr. Garcia actually wrote about this phenomenon in his 1986 graduate thesis. Soon after Dr. Garcia then began researching using sign language to teach children of hearing parents.

 Around the same time Professor Linda Acredolo noticed her daughter was making simple signs. During a visit to her paediatrician with her 12-month-old daughter Kate, and while they were in the waiting room, Kate walked up to the fish tank to get a closer look. She then did something strange. She started to blow! 

Her mother was puzzled by the behaviour and, after the appointment she took Kate home for a nap. As she put her down in her crib, Linda activated the mobile that hung over the crib. It was a mobile made of beautiful fish – and in order to make them “swim,” Linda had to blow on it. A light bulb went on Instantly, Linda became aware of the connection her daughter had made. 

 Without any instruction, her daughter was communicating with her using her own form of sign language. 

Linda began to wonder: How many other gestures or signs was Kate using to communicate? Were there any other signs that she was making that Linda just hadn’t noticed? 

Do other children try to communicate by gesturing or signing? 

And so,… her amazing quest began. 

Over the next 20 years Professor’s Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn her colleague, another PhD at the same university, conducted the first comprehensive baby sign language studies and research.

  The research was funded by a grant awarded by the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, Linda and Susan were then able to identify progress at various ages. This research and experiments showed the tremendous benefits of Baby Sign Language in a child’s development. 

Following this they compared babies who signed, with babies who didn’t. They followed their progress at ages of 2 years, 3 years and 8 years old.

 The results were Amazing!!!

 Acredolo and Goldwyn’s findings were nothing short of extraordinary. They proved conclusively that once babies are taught to sign their brains become more developed, resulting in one positive benefit after another. 

In comparison after comparison, signers out-performed non-signers in all areas. 

The concept and practice of engaging babies with Baby Sign Language has come such a long way since the 1800’s initial recognition of William Dwight Whitney, then the mid 1980’s when pioneering researchers, Joseph Garcia, and then Susan Goodwin (along with her research partner, Linda Acredolo) began, their separate investigative work into the use of manual gestures with pre-verbal babies.

 The basic idea here is that, prior to about 18-24 months of age, a typically developing child has not yet acquired to define their motor skills that are absolutely required to form words verbally.  

 In other words, their bodies have simply not yet physically developed to so that they can form intelligent words using the muscles that control their mouth and tongue.

 By as early as 6 or 7 months, most babies bodies are already well on their way to developing a lifetime of being able to control and manipulate their larger muscles. This ability is referred to as having control of their gross motor skills. OK, so what’s the big deal about having gross motor skills? 

 The answer to that question lies in the fact that signing, unlike verbal speech, gets its boost primarily from these gross motor skills.  These are the same gross motor skills (i.e., control over their hands) that a 6-7 month old baby has already begun to acquire.

 One of the most important benefits behind empowering your baby with basic Baby Sign Language is how much it will dramatically reduce their frustrations, screaming, and crying. So teaching easy baby sign uses and teaches American Sign Language ASL recognised around the world and used by baby’s parents and carers teaching baby sign.

 The reality is simple, ASL signs are internationally recognised, simple, easy to learn and because they’re typically, “iconic”. In other words, the signs look a lot like and resemble the object or concept that they’re describing.   

A good example I can give you is the sign for ‘MILK’- simply opening and closing your fist just as if you were milking a cow produce this sign. At this point, you too now know the sign for MILK and can probably already make this sign.  See how easily YOU can learn Baby Sign Language using ASL signs?

 The greatest part of this using ASL standardized signing is when your baby goes to play groups the sign is used and your baby starts to communicate with the rest of parents carers and babies. 

Hope this all makes good sense?  I’m sure it does!

 It’s also important to know that ASL is the third-most-used language in the US.  ASL follows right in behind BSL (British sign language) first, then Spanish. Also today most high schools and colleges recognize ASL as a fully accredited foreign language. This will officially fulfil a student’s foreign language requirements for graduation.  So when you use ASL signs with your baby, you’re also giving them the bonus gift of a foundation for learning a foreign language. 

As we look forward into the future, the world will see that baby sign is vital for our baby’s development. Also Baby Sign Language as an important component in promoting language acquisition, early learning, and early literacy for all children.



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