Baby signing has been around for the past 30-40 years, and has become increasingly popular in the UK over the last 10 years. Evidence has shown that infants who sign, understand language, have larger vocabularies, and learn to talk sooner compared to those who have not signed. Baby signing is a form of communication with your baby before he/she has the ability to talk, using extended gestures such as British 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), and teaches babies and toddlers the basic signs relevant to their daily routines to enable them to express their needs or thoughts.
Babies and toddlers understand a lot more than we give them credit for, but they are often held back by their physical inability to talk. However their ability to use their hands to gesture or form signs can enable them to communicate their needs or thoughts much sooner.
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