Jan 8, Can babies sign before they can speak?

Can babies sign before they can speak? © 2019 GWEN DEWAR, PH.D., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED It's one of the most common assumptions that people make about baby sign language -- that babies can sign before they can speak. But is it true? The answer is: It might be true, but we don't know for sure, and skepticism is warranted. Studies confirm that babies start practicing spoken language at an early age. And currently there is no compelling evidence that true signing emerges before genuine speech. So let's take a closer look, starting with what we know about the development of language. 1. By the age of 6 months, many babies have begun repeating our speech sounds. They may also understand a variety of everyday words. Babies are born with a package of powerful mechanisms for learning to speak. It's a basic human trait, the hallmark of our species, and experiments show that babies begin learning about language while they are still in the womb. Infants can hear their mothe..
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