When children are very young, attempts to communicate can be frustrating. Infants can’t verbally express what they want or need. Parents are often left guessing through trial and error. However, research indicates that babies are capable of communicating before they can speak; they want to tell you, but can’t yet talk, so how can caregivers cross this language barrier?
The answer is sign language!
Babies are capable of learning simple signs well before they are able to talk, and infants who learn to sign also have a higher vocabulary by the age of two and higher IQ by the age of eight. Even better, signing makes it easier for caregivers to communicate with their children. Who wouldn’t want to be able to talk to their baby?
Ashleigh Craven has a decade and a half of diverse category experience from agency communications to athletic apparel to automotive to education, developing and executing communication strategies in both traditional and social media. She has supported national product launches and corporate events for the likes of Soffe, Buick, Chevrolet, Wake Forest University , Kaplan, and others. She has an BA from the University of Michigan in English and Communication Studies and an MA from Wake Forest University, where she focused her studies on argumentation and presidential rhetoric and speechwriting. She served as director of marketing for Gryphon House from 2017- 2020.