Reader Questions ~ Chris

Do girls sign more than boys?

As near as I can tell no specific study has shown anything conclusive with respect to signing and gender.  It is general knowledge that girls tend to be more advanced speakers than boys, but of course there are exceptions to all rules!  Baby’s of either sex who are talked to more often do tend to pick up language faster than ones who are rarely talked to, and baby’s who are signed to, tend to have parents who also talk and interact with their little boys and girls more.  This helps bring them forward and strengthen their inherent skills setting them apart from non-signers.

Do babies sign to each other?

It turns out that babies tend not to sign very often with each other preferring to “parallel play” instead.  Parallel means they will play alongside each other, but not directly with each other.  Toddlers and babies would much rather interact with adults than with their peers.  This is likely nature’s way of helping children along at a more accelerated rate.  You can imagine that an adult is a better teacher than a toddler!  However, babies and toddlers will still sign with each other, just not as often as with parents.  You might be amazed to see your little signer use SHARE, MORE and even PLEASE and THANK YOU with other baby’s and toddlers.

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