Tips for integrating sensory development to your infant’s sign language

July 13, 2016
  • It is very often that parents take the sensory development of their babies for granted until they show delays on perceiving the world around them. Teaching infants to properly respond and interpret to their surrounding activities is based on what their senses perceive. It is extremely important part of a healthy development. Sign language which infants give is a hands-on process where caregivers and parents get several opportunities to know how their little one perceives the world around him or her. Here are a few points which you can incorporate into the daily interactions of your infant. 

    Use eyes and stay focused

    The first source for learning for babies is eyes. Make sure that you expose them to real-life situations, different colours as well as images.  A few examples of real-life situations are objects of the same shape, however with different colours and sunset. The act of signing is learned best through sound, visual observation and context. Spare time to show your little one thing which can help him in meeting basic requirements such as comfort objects like a baby blanket and food.

    Explore the sense of smell

    Smells such as stenches, odours, fragrances and aromas can be easily sensed. Help your child to learn the discern meaning of smells so that he or she can be alert in situations such as food which is not safe for consumption or fire. As and when you start your little one introducing to signs associated with food or outdoor signs such as flowers make sure that you engage infant even in the act of smelling. Emotional response, as well as exaggerating gestures, will help your infant understand the concept in a much better way. Contrasting different fragrances is also useful. You can do this by making use of aromatic candles, food extracts and perfumes.  

    Embracing temperature, shapes and textures through touch 

     The sense of touch is very important for it guides us all throughout the life in different ways which we often overlook. It is important for you to prepare your baby in such a way that he can interpret and navigate environment through touch. Make it a point to start early in life by providing your infant with different temperature variations, a variety of textures as well as three-dimensional objects. Hot, cold, hurt, big and small are a few signs that you can teach to your baby for developing sensorial skills.

    Learning about tastes

    Food preferences make for a great source of stress or joy.  Guide your infant as they explore different flavours will let them make better choices. This, in the long run, will help them in accepting different types of flavours. You can begin the basics by giving your baby exposure to salty, sweet, sour and bitter. The best way to teach these concepts is by adding contrasts to your baby’s diet. Parents love serving meals to their little ones in bento boxes which separate each food. When you do this, you can sign as well as talk about the flavour profile.

    Making sound sense

    The very essence of baby sign language is communication. The main idea behind it is to create relations between the concepts and words. This will help an infant concept with a sign.  Considering the fact that sign language is transitioned, it becomes very important to teach infants about the sound surrounding them. Take time and teach your baby the sounds of nature and other words and sounds with which a baby can associate.


    Following the above-slated tips, you can integrate the sensory development to the sign language of your baby.



    Teaching little ones the sign language is very essential. And, incorporating sensory development to their sign language plan is all the more important so that they can develop a better understanding of the surroundings around them.

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