Le langage des signes pour bébés, petits et enfants

Sign language for babies, toddlers and children

Sign language for babies, toddlers and children

Ah crises!

If our babies could tell us what's going on in their heads without having a tantrum, dealing with the terrible two would be so much easier.

If I told you now that it's possible,
what would you like to say to me?

Children have needs and have different ways of expressing them. Generally, it goes through non-verbal cues. Parents quickly learn to recognize their baby's needs by the way he moves, smiles, squeals and cries. As they grow up, the little ones begin to assert themselves more, but unfortunately for them, they often don't yet have the words to tell those around them how they feel and what they want, which often causes great crises. of bacon! It has happened to all parents to feel completely helpless in the face of their child's crisis, not understanding at all why the child was crying. Do you feel challenged here?

Imagine if your child was able to give you a sign to signal his hunger even before he is in crisis or simply a sign to show you that he is in pain somewhere. It would be so helpful for you as well as for him.

This is the main reason why I decided to experiment with simplified sign language for babies, toddlers and children. I want to give my daughter the necessary tools so that she can express to us how she feels.
At home, we have introduced some simple signs such as for food, milk, sleep and sore. We use them every time we do the action in question so that our daughter understands and makes the connection between the action and the sign. She is currently 7 months old and in a few weeks, she should be able to reproduce some of them.
The objective is to appropriate them in order to use them regularly. To do this, it is not necessary to focus on performance and knowledge of all, but to integrate them one at a time. And, when a sign is acquired by the parent, another is integrated.
When I inquired further, I was really surprised to learn that the benefits of this means of communication are quite broad. Observations show that children who use Simplified Sign Language for Babies, Toddlers and Children develop self-confidence as they manage to make themselves understood by those around them, so they feel competent. They are also more attentive and look at the adult when he speaks, which is quite logical since to understand a sign, you have to look at the person who is speaking to us... And when I am told that my child will probably have less seizures by trying a new tool, I'm totally ''all in'' to test the method!

Many parents and educators also use it with children with special needs particularities or communication challenges. It is also a way for them to be able to communicate while waiting to be able to use oral language which is much more complex. This greatly reduces their frustrations since they can make themselves understood.

We decided to opt for the Samuel Signs Box since all the basic Signs are there and they are very easy to understand. There is even augmented reality that we can use to see the Sign come 'live' in front of us. Each word is written in three languages
(French, English, Spanish), great for older kids who would be interested in learning English or Spanish!

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