Friday, May 20, 2011

Guest Blog on Baby Sign Language!

 I'm very pleased to feature Mey from as my first guest blogger. Mey's site has some wonderful sign language resources such as flashcards, a wall chart & even a video dictionary.  I only wish I'd had some of these resources when K was still learning sign language!

Here is Mey's guest blog:

Baby Sign Language and Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs often have trouble communicating with the outside world. This can lead to frustration which causes them to display temper tantrums, aggression, or depression. Baby Sign Language (BSL) helps these special children express themselves, in addition to helping parents communicate more effectively with their children. This is especially true for children with apraxia, Down Syndrome, mito conditions, and autism.

Verbal communication is difficult for children without special needs, and is even more so for children with special needs. One of the reasons that BSL is good for special needs children to learn is because they often have more trouble learning to communicate verbally, than children who do not have special needs. The ability to express themselves through movement however, happens sooner than the ability to do so with speech. They will be able to use movement—BSL—to express themselves in positive ways that a parent can understand; rather than through temper tantrums and aggressive actions.

Special needs children do especially well with multiple forms of stimulation. This is often because they are having difficulties in one or more areas of stimulus: verbal, auditory, or visual. BSL provides a visual aspect to learning to communicate, thus helping to “bridge the gap” and allow a child more means of creating mental connections in the brain. One of the good things about BSL is that can begin being taught from birth. While a parent will not see results, it helps the child form connections to the outside world sooner than they may have.BSL helps special needs children to develop communication, verbal, and social skills earlier. This is because it allows their brains to be introduced and stimulated earlier and in different ways; this develops and strengthens the needed connections in the brain. This mental stimulation that BSL also provides conceptual information that will enhance a special needs child’s vocabulary and communication skills.

Additionally, if started early, the pace of learning to communicate can be more gradual—that is less stress is put on the child, thus lowering levels of frustration. As the child gains more vocabulary and communication skills, they often become more confident and leading to further advances. Language helps develop intellectual thought, thus a child with special needs should also be able to develop various areas of intellect quicker than they would have without BSL. These advances and confidence help your child to be more independent and happy. 

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