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How to teach baby to communicate faster? 1. Sign language

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Hello readers!
你好!

I used to serve as a volunteer who teach hearing disabled children maths. It happened that the skill is also useful for mothers and babies, especially if babies cannot talk so well yet.

Being able to communicate is an essential form of survival skill and can make babies HAPPY.

A testimonial from Bennett & Melissa Z., CA: “Sarah learned her first 10 signs at six month and it made our lives much easier. Instead of screaming, she could tell us when she was hungry, thirsty, or tired. She learned another 50 signs by nine months and that was a blast. Now she is talking much earlier than the other children in her preschool and we think it is because of her signing.”

I learned how to sign Dad, Mom, Eat, Milk from www.babysignlanguage.com/basics/#first_five_signs
Dad / Daddy / 爸爸
Mom / Mommy / 妈妈
Milk / 母奶

WORDs that I think as important to learn to sign for:
pain / HURT
ITCH / 痒

hungry : use MILK / EAT sign.

I need DIAPER change / though I usually can smell & hear baby farting!

I need burping : try to use the sign for WIND, inspired from 肚子进风.

I am COLD / HOT.

I need HUG 抱抱.
Dually useful to mothers, the sign for HUG is useful to stop breast milk from leaking.

MORE : for I am still hungry
ALL DONE / finished : for I am full (do not over feed me).

Please
Sorry
Thank you
It is almost like you are blowing a kiss out, to thank the person – but the sign is a bit lower.
The thank you sign is also a great way to remind older kids to be polite when out in public without being overbearing or embarrassing them.

Yes
Think of the lucky cat (招财猫).
No
Seriously, no is a wonderful way for a baby to avoid frustration by enabling them to communicate when they object to something. You can teach no whenever you ask questions to give your baby an option. Say you offer your baby their pacifier and she does not take it. You can then say, “No – you don’t want the pacifier.”

Parents can also name the emotions that babies experience.
e.g.
HAPPY
Sad : The sad sign looks like you are making tears fall down your face. Take both hands with fingers outstretched, and pull them from above your eyes down to about chest level.

Angry : Teaching more complex emotions signs like angry is a for more advanced babies. It is a useful sign, because it helps you identify and acknowledge an emotion that a child is feeling.

Sleep : To sign sleep, start with fingers extended and spread apart. Beginning with your hand over your face, move your fingers down to end with your hand below your chin and your fingers touching your thumb.

Bed

More resources:
# Wordsbythehandful
# I also love the illustrated books by Mimi Brian Vance, a U.S. Diplomat for nearly a decade.
Hopefully, your and my babies learn to be diplomatic as well!

Besides sign language, how to promote speech development in our children?
2. Talk to them until we are blue in the face.
3. Read aloud to them from books (e.g. story books, poems, idioms).
4. Sing to and with them.
5. Engage with them in conversations, even when they aren’t yet talking.
6. Respond when they try to get your attention. My first son cries when he is ignored, while he was 2 months old, he wants a chatting mate in the middle of night, a challenging baby!
7. Reward their efforts.
8. I also use a pre-recorded voicenotes / lectures / prayers.

I started teaching my baby sign language when he is 1 month plus.
It is never too early to learn.
Bye-bye & Good luck!

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Written by blueroselady

March 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

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