Thursday, January 31, 2008
Signing with the Babes
So Elliot, Henry and I are learning sign language. Babies' receptive language develops significantly earlier then their ability to verbalize their needs. Babies are able to communicate using finger signs much earlier, occasionally around 8 months. I've been signing "milk" with them for the last few months, but not all the time. I sign pretty inconsistently, so it will probably be longer before H+E communicate back. The other day I organized a list of all the signs I know for our signing group and it was a pretty impressive list. It's very nice that most signs are connected visually to their meaning.
Here's a picture of a boy who loves milk, understands the sign and will probably not sign it back for a long while: