Why we should be teaching all young children sign language

Potential cure to the “terrible twos: It’s believed that the terrible twos are rooted in children’s inability to fully express themselves.

Improved child-parent/caregiver bonding: While some children cry to get what they want, signing children learn.

Decreased frustration: There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to communicate what you want to say.

Increased reasoning skills: Bilingualism—which includes languages both signed and spoken—has been shown to boost children’s cognitive skills.

An average +12 IQ point advantage: Studies have shown that among eight-year-olds, signers showed IQs that were on average 12 points higher than non-signers.

Increased and effective communication: Pre-verbal children can learn vital signs to indicate if they’re hungry or hurt.

Stimulating brain development: Learning sign language from a young age can reportedly stimulate brain development.

Accelerated emotional development: Children who are able to communicate and express themselves are more able to form friendships from an earlier age.

Accelerated speech development: Studies have shown that exposure to sign language can actually help students better understand spoken words.

What is sign language: Sign language is a visual language that uses hands, shapes, movements, and facial expressions.

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