OF BABY SIGN LANGUAGE
ON I.Q., SPEECH AND LANGUAGE
*Intelligence throughout life has a very large language
component. So if
you get a jump-start on language and that continues, it’s
natural it would show a gain,” said Dr. Linda Acredolo,
co-author of Baby Signs:
How to Talk With Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk To
You with Dr. Susan Goodwyn.
“In addition, babies who sign are differentiating and
learning things earlier. And there’s a confidence element: perhaps by using signs,
children become comfortable asking questions earlier”, she
*We tell parents as walking is more efficient than
is more efficient than signing.
When a child is ready to talk, he or she will,” said
Michele Sanderson, Program Director of the signing program at
A. Sophie Rogers’ Laboratory School at Ohio State
*Signing can have long-term positive effects on
One study found that 19 8-year-olds who learned signing
as babies had an average IQ score of 114, while a sample of 24
children who never learned signs averaged 102.
(The Atlanta Journal-Constitution July 3, 2001)
*Take advantage of your child’s optimal “Windows of
By the age of two, a child’s brain contains twice as many
synapses and consumes twice as much energy as the brain of a
normal adult. The
number of synapses in one layer of the visual cortex rises
from around 2,500 per neurons at birth to as many as 18,000
about six months later. And
while these microscopic connections between nerve fibers
continue to form throughout life, they reach their highest
average densities (15,000 synapses per neuron) at around the
age of two and remain at that level until the age of 10 or 11.
(TIME, February 3, 1997)
*Children who learn sign language may have more brain
capacity later, learn to speak sooner, and do better on future
IQ tests. (The
Daily Oklahoman, March 1999)
*11-month-olds who learned sign language out scored
non-signing peers in language abilities, standard IQ tests and
vocabulary comprehension tests after second grade.
(The Daily Oklahoman, March 1999)
*An answer to the comment, “If he learns to sign, he’s
not going to talk”:
Research has shown that babies who learn to communicate
with sign language are quicker to speak than their non-signing
creates a more verbal environment, because babies initiate
conversation about subjects that interest them, and their
parents more consciously repeat words.
Earlier exposure to successful communication actually
drives babies to want to speak sooner.
(The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 3, 2001)
*Hearing babies speak their first word, on the average,
when they’re 13 months old and speak two- or three- word
sentences by the time they’re 20 months old.
In contrast, some babies can start signing words such
as “more” and “milk” at 8 months and can build
vocabularies of dozens of signs within months.
(The Blade - Toledo, Ohio, September 9, 2001)
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