Sign language: why it is increasingly used with babies

Sign language: why it is increasingly used with babies
Sign language: why it is increasingly used with babies

By APEI Press Agency
Published on 22 Sep 22 at 20:29


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Adapting sign language to babies could make it easier to communicate with them. (©Comeback Images / AdobeStock)

It’s a trend. More and more parents communicate with their baby via signed words. Are you tempted? Here’s what you need to know before you start.

First of all, know that it is not a language strictly speaking, but signs for the little ones, from the sign language used by usually the hearing impaired.

“These are the same signs, but we only use isolated words and not whole sentences. keywords of daily life that we sign by reproducing the gesture, and of course adding the voice to the spoken word”, sums up Marie Caoa former LSF (French sign language) interpreter who became a content creator under the name of Littlebunbao.

“For example, you can ask your baby, ‘Do you want a cake? » by simply signing the word “cake”. »

In this concept imagined in the United States in the 1980s, facial expression also has its importance: “It comes either to modulate the keyword, or to provide information; she indicates the intensity of an emotion and allows the child to better understand adults. »

At what age can the signs begin?

The child begins to register the signs around six months. “But at that age, they are not able to reproduce them. Most start to show their first signs around nine months, then they go enrich their vocabulary over the weeks. »

They’ll use the signs until they start getting good understand by word. “But that doesn’t hinder the appearance of the first words,” insists Marie.

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What words to teach your child?

Parents should prioritize simple words that will allow them to understand the needs and emotions of their child.

“For example, it’s not interesting to teach babies to say thank you. We will rather teach them to express pain, fear, hunger, fatigue, a hug, the pacifier or the comforter. These keywords will allow you to unlock situations where the child needs something. »

If fifteen words are enough to express the essential, two are essential to remove frustrations: “again” and “finished”.

The other words relate mainly to important actions and objects, as well as emotions – “rather unpleasant emotions because that’s where parents come to help” – and people of the close environment. “It allows him to say if he misses mum or dad, to express his need to see such and such a person. »

To teach your baby words, all you have to do is show him the signs on a daily basis, in as many situations as possible, and little by little he will integrate them.

Marie Cao

Is it really useful?

“Parents who implement this practice find that they understand their baby much better in many situations says Marie Cao. “The signs help them on a daily basis because they unlock a lot of problems. And that gives confidence and pride to the child. »

Another benefit: the exchange time spent with her baby.

“Meanwhile, we’re not on the phone or doing anything else, it’s a moment of complicity where the parent is truly connected to their child. And these qualitative times are increasingly rare. »

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