This wonderful video, “Through Your Child’s Eyes” explains the importance of signing and communicating with your babies and children. Though it focuses on deaf and hard of hearing children, the benefits are the same with hearing children. Babies can learn to sign to you and express their specific needs, thoughts and wants before they can speak. The muscles for speaking aren’t fully developed until after they are two years old. Some babies can sign by the time they are seven months old. My son was signing to me at eight months of age.
The most powerful moment in this video is the moment where the mother and her adult daughter are sitting together sharing what Sign Language meant to them. It is powerfully moving and poignant. This is 13 minutes, and it is captioned.