Can I Teach My Toddler Sign Language?
My son is 22 months old and is trying to tell me something! He talks and raises his hands in frustration when I just don’t get what he’s saying. He has a few words that I know what they are. Maa (mom), Daa (dad), baa (ball), and ow (outside) are the extent of his vocabulary, if you don’t count all the sounds that don’t make any sense to me.
We had his hearing tested a few months ago and the pediatrician doesn’t want to see him again until he’s two years old. I’m concerned that he’s trying to talk but the words are not forming properly.
I’m researching the causes on my own. I’m praying as I do the research. Part of me thinks I should just let it be until his two year check up, but I can’t. He’s frustrated. He wants to tell us what’s on his mind and we can’t comprehend.
So, my solution until I found out why he can’t form words is to teach him a little sign language. I found two books on Paperbackswap. I am looking forward to learning some basic words with my son.
The first book I’ve discovered is Brainy Baby Talking Hands: Discovering Sign Language. It’s a board book and I’ve already received it, so my little guy and I have already read through the book. He loves board books, so I believe this is an excellent purchase.
I have decided to start with just three words: mom, dad and more. Every online article I’ve read has suggested these three (and others).
Have you taught your baby or toddler sign language? What was your experience?