Marin Mommies presents a guest post by Melissa Ayotte on the benefits of teaching your babies and toddlers to communicate in American Sign Language.
My name is Melissa Ayotte and 7 years ago, when my daughter was a baby, her three-year-old brother and I taught her to use American Sign Language. Like all signing parents, I had a magical experience! Signing is truly a gift beyond measure. Since then, I’ve helped hundreds of Marin County families learn to use sign language with their babies and toddlers. Signing is easy to learn and so much fun to teach your child. I strongly encourage you not miss this incredible opportunity to communicate at this unique stage of life.
All Babies communicate non-verbally and learn to wave “bye-bye”. Teaching your child to use Sign Language is nothing more than an extension of this natural communication, and signing has profound benefits for both parents and children.
Studies conducted by Dr. Susan Goodwyn and Dr. Linda Acredolo through the National Institute of Health have shown the following benefits of using sign language with infants: