Signing Babies, Smarter Babies?

It's the reason why so many new parents go crazy. ChIldren usually don't speak their first word until they're one year old, so how are mommy and daddy supposed to figure out what junior is trying to say? This morning, learn how some parents are bridging the communication gap. Barely one year old, fraternal twins chase and Russell Anderson are a couple kids on-the-go, so for mom Christy, communication is key. With the twins just months old, Christy started using sign language with them. Yes – she was skeptical too, but at 10 months – the kids were signing back. A government study found 24-month-old babies using sign language were talking like 27-month-olds. And 36-month-old signers were talking like 47-month-olds: nearly a full year's difference. At 8 years old – signing babies scored an average of 12-points higher on i-q tests than non-signers. The University of Miami’s Robert Fifer says this won't turn junior into a genius – but it sure can help. Studies show signing boosts self confidence, builds self esteem, and reduces aggressive behavior, too. To start – parents simply have to speak the words along with their hand movements. This makes it easier to move from signs to words when babies start talking. This baby sign language curriculum uses up to fifteen signs from standard American Sign Language, with some tweaks made for the little ones. Not all babies adapt to the signs at the same rate – and experts say the more parent interaction – the better.

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