Signing with children can have many wonderful benefits. Even though very young children are developing the ability to understand much of what we say to them, it’s difficult for them to communicate their specific wants and needs. Research shows that babies understand words and signs well before they can produce either. Using words along with signs promotes and strengthens early language development because it gives children a tool to express themselves. As children learn to sign, they are also likely to be developing oral language—from babbling, to cooing, and on to saying words on their own. To encourage language development in babies of all ages, Primrose Schools embeds American Sign Language into our daily curriculum and activities in our Infant and Toddler classrooms.