4.0 out of 5 starsAN INTRODUCTION TO BABY SIGN LANGUAGE
14 January 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is intended to be an introductory resource for parents who are interested in better communication with their infants and toddlers. The author has a background in Child Protective Services and is the parent of an autistic child. I can personally attest to the value of using sign language with young children who have learning disabilities and communication disorders.
Mitchell gives a brief history of the development of sign language, and points out the advantages of sign language in the development of stronger speech and cognitive skills, dispelling the myth that using sign delays or inhibits the learning process. By using a young child's strengths in gross motor skills, speech and cognition skills may be enhanced.
Parents may be surprised to learn that teaching baby sign language is an enhancement to earlier and smoother potty training. A child who can communicate his needs soon learns the benefits of forsaking diapers, making the process simpler and shorter.
Some reviewers criticized the book because it contains too few signs and is not comprehensive enough. Again, I would argue the author is more interested in getting readers interested and involved in the benefits of using sign language to increase their child's communication and cognitive skills than providing a curriculum. Once invested, parents will have no difficulty finding more comprehensive resources. I would suggest that the illustrations could be made larger and clearer to assist in making signing easier