My Smart Hands DFW
Imagine communicating with your baby before he or she can even speak. Baby sign language accelerates early language development by increasing both expressive and receptive vocabulary.1,2 Signing with your baby increases understanding between infants and caregivers because he or she is able to communicate before the emergence of spoken words.3 Also, baby sign language reduces frustration and encourages self-regulation by teaching time concepts, such as waiting and later, as well as emotions, such as happy, mad and sad.4 Signing with your baby strengthens cognitive skills and enhances child-parent bonding through time spent teaching signs to your baby.
Research shows that preverbal infants can communicate through the use of sign language long before they can verbalize their needs. At My Smart Hands, we will give you the skills and knowledge you will need to communicate with your preverbal, hearing baby. Through your daily routines as well as songs, games, and stories, signing can enable your little one to communicate thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Whether you want an introduction to baby sign language, a full baby sign language course or just a Saturday morning Sing, Sign & Storytime, My Smart Hands DFW has a class for you!
So come and take a class with My Smart Hands DFW and learn how to sign with your baby!
THE MSH MISSION STATEMENT
Our mission is to bring a better understanding to parents, educators and children of the value of visual communication early in life. Promoting ASL as part of a dual language to the hearing community can act as a bridge to more meaningful communication in our homes, our schools and our communities.
1. Bonvillian, J., Orlansky, M., & Novak, L. (1983). Developmental milestones: sign language acquisition and motor development. Child Development, 54(6), 1435-45.
2. Goodwyn, S., Acredolo, L., & Brown, C. (2000). Impact of symbolic gesturing on early language development. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 24. 81-103.
3. Thompson, R., Cotnoir-Bichelman, N., McKerchar, P., Tate, T., & Dancho, K. (2007). Enhancing early communication through infant sign training. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 40(1), 15-23.
4. Valloton, C. (2008). Signs of emotion: What can preverbal children “say” about internal states? Infant Mental Health, 29(3), 234-258.