Non-Verbal Communication With Toddlers
How do you communicate with a baby when they are not yet talking?
Augmenting non-verbal communication (gestures etc) through sign language can be beneficial for both parent and baby. There are several signs that I like to teach and this can be done starting at four to six months of age.
Ones I like to teach are: "all done," "more," "help," "milk," "eat," “pee” and "thank you."
Knowing when your child feels done with an activity can prevent tantrums and ease transitions so teaching them sign language is especially beneficial here.
How do you teach sign language? You model it as much as you can when it applies. Continue to pair the sign with the verbal command until it catches on.