Basics Of Baby Sign Language
Understanding children is not easy even if they can speak properly. It becomes very difficult for parents, teachers or relatives to understand what these little angels want to convey when they are small and cannot speak properly. It is not so that toddlers or infants do not want to communicate. The basic problem is that they are still learning to coordinate the breath, tongue, vocal chords and lips that are required to speak properly. Many a time eithers babies or parents feel frustration due to the communication between them.
The basis of baby sign language is that we teach babies to express their basic needs such as give, take, sleep, eat etc. by few easy to speak words so that they can learn easily. In other words, we can say that it is all about the coordination of hands and eye using which children can explain most of the necessary communication. For example, if a baby is feeling hungry he or she can convey the message by rubbing his or her stomach. Similarly, they can fold hands and keep on their face to depict the need for sleep. All this can be taught easily to babies with a little effort of using this baby sign language while interacting with them.
Moreover, you need not to develop or learn special language for that as most of these baby signs are based on home-based signs. Teaching such baby sign language is the duty of parents and would be more useful if they themselves teach this to their children as it would improve the communication skills, understandability and emotional bond between the two. Baby sign language proves to be very useful in situations if your baby is ill or is suffering from pain, as it would be easy for the child to express his or her problems. Always the parents can understand their children in a better and understandable way.
Baby sign language is not confined to choice of parents anymore. There is a vocabulary for baby sign language that differs from place to place. For example, Americans use American Sign Language (ASL) and Australians use Australian Sign Language (AUSLAN) to adopt baby signs for their region. Some people prefer to teach their children the basic home-based baby sign language as they think that it would be very difficult for a baby to understand the complex American Sign Language (ASL) or Australian Sign Language (AUSLAN).
Baby sign language helps to overcome such communication problems until children learn to speak properly. Therefore, if you have toddlers or infants at home or you need to communicate with such kids then it's very important for you to learn baby sign language.