When my husband and I started doing the Baby Signs® Program with our daughter, one of the frequently asked questions is this: Wouldn’t signing with your baby delay speech? This is a valid question considering that we usually use sign language when communicating with the Deaf community. However, we knew from the start that signing with our baby can ease the frustration we might feel in the future since we would somehow know what she’s thinking. Besides, we Filipinos teach children two signs — “Bye-bye” and “Flying Kiss” — so teaching more signs is just a way of expanding their signing vocabulary.
Here’s a post entitled From Signs to Speech — Inevitable! written by one of the founders of the Baby Signs® Program, Dr. Linda Acredolo. Find out how speech is inevitable even when you’re signing with your children.