Learning sign language is not something that is reserved for children who are hearing impaired. It is a skill that can help all children. That is why many pre-schools and early learning centers are beginning to incorporate it into their curriculums. From babies to toddlers, American Sign Language can be used as a learning tool to open up new doors.
Because sign language helps to open the line of communication it also helps to reduce frustration. Many babies and young children start acting out because they’re frustrated that no one can understand them. Less frustrated children lead to less frustrated parents. Parents can enjoy their time with their children more when they are relaxed and are not dealing with tantrums.
Many preschoolers begin to recognize and write letters. Since many of the ASL hand symbols resemble the shape of letters, learning letters through sign language can help when it comes to recognizing and writing the alphabet. Young children who learn how to spell words with their fingers can continue to do this as they get older to help them write down the words as well.
You can also teach your child sign language at home. There are many DVDs and books available that you can use to get things started. As you teach your child, you can also learn, so it’s a win-win!