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Sign Language for Babies

By: Amanda Humes
By: Amanda Humes

If you've ever had trouble communicating with your child, maybe you should try a different language. Little ones at Texas A&M's Children's Center are learning sign language and teachers say their "signs" speak louder than words.

Babies and toddlers at Texas A&M's Children's Center are learning how to get what they want without saying a word. Sign language is taught everyday to every child and teachers say it's helped in the classroom.

" It reduces frustrations because the child can actually communicate with you what their needs and what their wants are and their less likely to cry because you understand what they want, " said Di Fontenot, the center's director.

Babies as young as 6 months are exposed to simple signs like more and please and milk. Toddlers learn signs through songs and repetition.

" They really like sign language. That's one of their favorites, to learn sign language, especially at meal time to tell us they want more milk," said Lorie Burns, a teacher at the center.

Studies suggests that babies who use sign language start talking sooner than those who don't and teachers here at the Children's Center say sign language will help the children when they begin school.

" The child actually gets that the parent or the teacher knows what they're looking for and is willing to try to help them so there are some bonds that are built," said Fontenot.

The Children's Center has a diverse group of students, many from different nationalities. Teachers say sign language will help them with language barriers in the future.

So the next time you can't understand what your child is trying to tell you, just follow the signs.


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