Since July, wearing a face covering when out in public in England, Scotland and Wales became compulsory, so how does that impact with communicating with young children?
In current times with adults and older children wearing masks, baby signing can help when communicating with youngsters in public, and has increased in popularity over recent years as a way of learning to communicate with children before they can talk.
Dr Joseph Garcia, a child development expert inspired the idea of teaching babies a range of signs. Understanding language and ability to make gestures develops much faster than a child’s ability to speak. He found that hearing babies of deaf parents easily copied their parents’ signs and used them to communicate, and explored the benefits of hearing parents to hearing children using signing too.
Baby singing is about enhancing communication and language skills not to hinder them or replacing language and it may actually help a child learn to talk and add a fuller range of words to their vocabulary and using signs along with speech enables a child to make the connection between the gesture and the word.
You can use British Sign Language as a foundation for your baby signing, but you can also make up your own gestures that mimics the meaning of the word.
Here’s some baby sign examples;
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