While I was looking for information on how sign language improves finger dexterity, I discovered this article. The article, Teaching Your Blind Baby Sign Language! is written by parents who taught their blind child to sign. These parents wanted to offer their child the benefits of sign language that seeing babies received. They found additional benefits for blind children. According to Amber Bobnar, for the visually impaired baby, the benefits are even greater:
- Blind children often have problems identifying body parts. Since signs are dependent on the body, they can increase body awareness.
- Similarly, signs can help blind children understand that gestures and movements, otherwise known as body language, can be a form of communication. This can make it easier to teach a blind child that other people can see them.
- Many blind children also have speech delays. Teaching them signs early on can help prevent any speech delays.
- Another problem signs can help you avoid are fine motor delays. Signs can improve finger dexterity.