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Sign language for babies

The aim of this paper is to present the original sign language program for babies developed by Dr. Acredolo and Dr. Goodwyn in the 1980s in America. This program is based on simple movements and gestures that children between the ages of nine and twenty-four months spontaneously begin to use to bridge a period in which their mind has sufficient experience and understanding of the world around them, but not the verbal ability to express it. Therefore, it is designed for children without hearing impairment in order to stimulate their speech and language development, and expanded by introducing some of the signs of American Sign Language. In addition to facilitating speech development, many years of research have shown that it contributes to strengthening the parent - child relationship, positive emotional development and reducing the child's frustration because of misunderstanding with the environment, as well as encouraging intellectual development. Also, isolated and simplified signs from this program can serve as an alternative way of communication for children with disabilities. Every child has the right to communicate. It is a resource by which we open ourselves to the world, influence our environment and develop our independence, but also a resource by which others shape us, thus learning and developing our emotional and social capacities. Using signs with babies reveals to us their entire inner world, which confirms not only how much children know, but also how motivated they are to communicate, which is one of the basic needs of every human being.

Momir Dunjic
Alma Mater Europaea

Olja Njaradi
BDORT Center


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