Babies Can “Talk” At Ten Months Or Earlier?
Babies are smarter than most people think. Many babies can “talk” at ten months or earlier. Rather than coming into the world as a blank slate as many people may believe, babies come equipped with a readiness for language hard-wired into their brain.
On average, a baby with normal hearing will speak his or her first words at the age of about twelve months. Hearing babies who are taught sign language usually sign earlier than they begin speaking – sometimes by a margin of several months. A child can get immediate benefits from learning to sign: family members will be able to understand the child’s desires earlier, thereby causing less frustration for the child. This happy interaction between a baby and the family can lead to better bonding and greater confidence in the child, and help cut down on tantrums. Wouldn’t most families love to have a better-behaved baby and a happier home environment?
The benefits of signing with your baby can be far-reaching: Babies who sign often do much better socially, emotionally and in school.
Adults can sign to their baby from the very first day. A baby’s motor control is not fully developed, so a baby’s signing will look different than an adult’s signing. The child’s signs might be called “baby signs.” That’s fine, though – since there have been babies, mothers have gotten accustomed to their child’s “baby talk,” and a baby’s version of signing is really no different than “baby talk.” If the child continues to sign after learning to speak, the signing abilities will mature just like all his or her other abilities.
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