What is Baby Sign?
Baby signing is a form of communication with your baby before he/she has the ability to talk, using extended gestures such as BSL (British Sign Language) ASL (American Sign Language) or Makaton. Babies naturally use a combination of gestures and sounds to help their parents understand them. Baby Signing uses standardised signs based on British Sign Language (BSL). Babies and toddlers will be able to communicate what they want and how they feel.
It is well known amongst hearing parents of deaf children and deaf parents of hearing children that babies learnt to communicate earlier through sign language than speech.
"Baby signs are simple gestures that you add to your normal speech when you are talking to your baby. Gestures that allow her to communicate before she has mastered the complexity of spoken language. From the age of about seven months - long before her speech has been developed - the muscles in her hands are sufficiently formed to enable her to make gestures. When she 'waves goodbye' or shrugs her shoulders, she is demonstrating her ability to do this. Baby signing is just a natural extension of what she already finds very easy to do."
Dr Joseph Garcia, 'Baby Signing.'