I’ve always thought it would be cool (and not to mention helpful!) to teach Nora some sign language. I’ve heard great things about how it can help parents and children communicate before verbal language. Of course I think Nora is a genius, but at 6 months, she’s just not talking yet I’ve gotten really good at reading her cues and typically know when she’s getting tired, hungry or bored. However, now that we’re getting ready to introduce solids, some additional communication might be nice.
I had the opportunity to review the app My Smart Hands and it has been so helpful! Creator Laura Berg uses 100% ASL in this sign language dictionary. I love that for each word, she illustrates exactly how to do the sign. It was great having a visual so I know I’m doing it right. Especially with something like sign language, I can see how just a written description may get confusing.
According to Laura on her website, baby sign language “reduces verbal frustration, accelerates verbal development, and strengthens cognitive skills. It also enhances the child-parent bond through time spent teaching the signs.” Those all sound like great reasons to give sign language a try! The website offers extended classes while the app is a great on the go tool with handy information. The app even has flash cards and quizzes so you can track your progress and master the signs.
You can also check out a video on the My Smart Hands website showing Laura and her daughter demonstrating some signs. It’s amazing to watch such a young child utilize this great skill. If you are like me and want to learn sign language, this is a great place to start. Laura was kind enough to give me 4 apps to share with you. The app will definitely help get your sign language journey off on the right foot! This is for the iPhone version ONLY, not the Android version. At the end of the contest, I will send the winners a code to redeem on iTunes for your app. I know you’ll love it as much as I do! Nora hasn’t signed anything yet but I feel as if she’s comprehending some of the signs I’ve been working on with her.