Signing allows infants to communicate before they can talk, just like they crawl before they walk.
Signing helps children of all ages and abilities communicate and connect with the people they love. It offers other benefits to children as well:
Research shows that infants and toddlers who sign:
• are less frustrated • learn to talk sooner • have larger vocabularies than non-signers • scored higher on IQ tests at age 8
Signing is a powerful learning tool.
Once a child begins to talk, signing continues to offer important educational benefits. When signs and words are used together, auditory learners hear the word, visual learners see the sign and kinesthetic learners can use their hands to make the sign. In other words, signing creates the perfect storm that can trigger a surge in language learning and cognitive development. Research* shows that preschool and elementary children who use signs and finger spelling: • expand their vocabularies more quickly • develop more positive attitudes toward reading • learn letters, numbers, and sight words more easily
Signing helps with special needs.
Children who have autism, Down syndrome, speech challenges, or language delays often use signs as a primary means of communication or to simply clarify their speech. Signing opens the door to meaningful social interactions with parents, teachers, and peers.
Signing is a bridge to the Deaf Community.
ASL is a beautiful and expressive language used widely throughout the United States and other parts of the world. Knowing a few signs can give a child the confidence to engage and interact with a deaf child rather than both children feeling awkward and helpless. Signing Time materials can provide a foundation for learning ASL as a second language.
Read the story of how Signing Time started.