benefits for toddlers
‘An 18 month old almost certainly wouldn’t be speaking more extensively if she couldn’t sign. She’d just be still not speaking but *also* be unable to communicate in any other way, which wouldn’t benefit her – or her family’
“Parents who point and use other gestures with their toddlers can give them a head start with learning language”
But for the majority, and for those who worry about their Toddler’s speech development, the evidence is overwhelmingly clear that signing is always replaced by speech once a little one feels confident with the spoken word.
From time to time a child may use the sign as well as the word, to reinforce an important point or to make it very clear that they have a need to be met (and if their grown ups are distracted).
‘signing and talking simultaneously with young children, to emphasise key words in context, is an important tool in the early stages of language development’
Michael Jones; Talking and Learning with Young Children
joyful interactions with confident toddlers…
Little Signers Club