Baby Sign Language is a simple series of signs that allows babies and toddlers to communicate with their parents and carers before they learn to speak.
Baby Sign is suitable for all babies from about 6 months old – a natural stage in infant development when babies start to use symbolic gestures like waving, pointing and nodding. However it is never too early to sign with your baby, and the benefits last well into toddlerhood and beyond. Our Baby Sign courses are aimed at babies from 3 months right up to 3 years.
While signing can be especially beneficial for infants with hearing or communication difficulties, it is fantastic for ALL babies, and has been shown to encourage language development.
Other benefits include an increased parent-child bond, accelerated speech, enriched communication, decreased frustration, and improved self-esteem for both parent and child.
At SuperHands, we use ISL (Irish Sign Language), teaching babies and carers simple signs such as ‘Hungry’, ‘Milk’, and ‘Tired’ to help little ones communicate emotions and desires, and to name objects before they can say the words.
If you’d like to learn more about SuperHands, you can visit us at wwww.SuperHands.ie, to learn about our Dublin courses, or to check out our shop where you can find our Illustrated Dictionary of Baby Sign and other lovely goodies. We also have an iOS and Android app if you’d like to be able to sign on the go!