Everybody’s Doing It
Scientific research aside, babies everywhere are proving that they are capable of using sign language. This growing trend is apparent in the sheer number of classes and materials that are available on the subject. An Internet search on “baby sign language” will return thousands of hits, and the practice has also received attention from popular parenting guides. Baby sign language has even made its way into pop culture, a fact made evident by the movie Meet the Fockers. In this film, Robert De Niro’s character is practicing sign language with his one-year-old grandson.
Baby sign language isn’t just making an appearance in works of Hollywood fiction. Celebrities like Debra Messing and Julia Roberts are signing with their own children and are becoming advocates of the practice. Due to their fame and frequent public appearances, signing celebrities are spreading the word about baby sign language.
The reason that signing is becoming so popular is not because it is a trendy thing to do. Instead, its popularity is a clear indication that sign language is working for many babies and their families. Additionally, it is worth noting that this popularity is not limited to large metropolitan areas. Families all over the country, in both big cities and tiny towns, are practicing sign with their babies.
Because the practice is so widespread, you will probably be able to find other signers in your community. This will provide you with a network of support to share with you in the joys and frustrations that accompany signing. Not only will you benefit, but your baby will, too. He will enjoy having other babies with whom he can sign, and you will take great delight in watching these early conversations take place.
If you are unable to find signing families in your area, do not let that stop you from developing friendships with other signers. Use the Internet to find signing message boards, chat rooms, and e-mail lists. The friendships you make online can be just as fulfilling as those you make in real life and will often provide just as much support.