Baby sign language helps children with autism

A story in the Daily Herald called “Baby Sign Language Opens Doors for Early Communication” focuses on the Lily Garden Child Care Center here at Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region. The article talks about how the use of baby sign language can play a significant role in helping children with autism by increasing their vocabulary and cognitive skills.

Tara Kehoe, speech pathologist and manager of our speech and language department was quoted in the article:

Baby sign language can be a great way to help you communicate with your baby even before language develops. Baby sign language helps babies who are ready to communicate, but can’t quite bridge the gap to full speech.

Tara also shares some basic signs in the article and provides a list of resources for parents. Our speech therapists and teachers in our Lily Garden Child Care Center are passionate about teaching communication skills to children of all abilities. If you live anywhere near the western suburbs of Chicago, we’d love the opportunity to teach your child. Visit our web site or call us at 630-261-6283 for more information.


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  1. Charlette Strub Says:

    Being a psychologist myself, I appreciate your blog post. Thanks.

  2. Crystal Ward Says:

    Thanks for sharing your story Kaye! We’re hoping more parents, like your own children, get excited to give this a try. Having the support of their family and friends can make it even more possible. And, you are absolutely right, by starting sign language early a child with autism, diagnosed or not, can significantly increase their communication skills and verbal development. Thanks again for helping us spread the word!

  3. Kaye Swain Says:

    Thank you for this information. I remember when my grandkids were born, my kids gave this a try. They really loved incorporating it into activities for the kids. It’s great to know that parents who start this young, and then receive the diagnosis that they are dealing with the autistic spectrum for their children, will already be ahead of the curve. Very encouraging. Thank you!

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