Have you ever watched two people speak using sign language?! It is truly beautiful and inspiring. The unspoken connection is undeniable, similar to that of a dance. Sign language is an important part of our American culture, and there are many benefits of learning sign language as a secondary language. According to Start ASL, it is claimed to be the third most commonly used language in the US! Learning sign language has several benefits. From the more noticeable benefit of being able to better communicate with people who are deaf or have hearing loss, according to Healthline, learning sign language also benefits you and your children by allowing for the ability to understand and use spoken words, sentence structure, language skills earlier, decrease in crying and whining in young children, better bonding between parent and child, fine tune your motor skills, and potential IQ increase.
ASL - American Sign Language
American Sign Language is the natural language of around 500,000 deaf people in the US and Canada, and The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 28 million Americans (about 10% of the population) have some degree of hearing loss. About 2 million of these 28 million people are classified as deaf (they can’t hear everyday sounds or speech even with a hearing aid). By learning sign language, you will be opening the doors to many amazing opportunities. Not only can you make new friends and relationships but having these unique skills can also open the doors for new job opportunities and career advancements.
Benefits of teaching your child Sign Language
Sign language can be introduced as a means of communication to young children as early as 6 months old. By having a way to communicate at such an early age, it has been shown that the children who have learned some basic sign language can reduce their frustration and better express their needs and wants, which helps reduce the crying and whining of young children. According to Baby sign language: A helpful communication tool, baby signs and gestures can be a great tool to help parents and caregivers support early communication skills. Sign language can also help increase the bond between parent and child.
Motor and Cognitive Skills
In addition to opening doors to new relationships and opportunities as well as possibly reducing the crying and whining of your young child, sign language has shown to have a positive impact on your fine motor skills and cognition. According to Day Translations, learning sign language and any other foreign languages is good for the brain. It enhances cognition, and creative and abstract thinking. It even has the added benefit of improving hand and eye coordination. It exercises the peripheral vision, training you to become more aware of the environment. These abilities can work to your advantage regardless of the industry you are in. However, you need them even more if you are a pilot, a surgeon, a fabricator and mechanic, or any other job that requires hand-eye coordination.
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