Learning Sign Language is essential for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as their friends and family. However, many people are unaware that sign language can be a beneficial life skill for anyone to learn.

Indian Sign Language (ISL) is a wonderfully expressive and complete language that follows its own grammar rules and conveys meaning through hand gestures, facial emotions, and body language.

The ability to communicate without words is the most obvious and important benefit of learning ISL. But, a growing amount of research suggests that the benefits of learning it extend far beyond this. So, let's look at some of the other advantages of learning Sign Language.

1. Stronger bond between parents and infants

According to research, teaching infants and toddlers how to communicate basic phrases can improve parent-child communication and may even boost a child's confidence and self-esteem in the long run. Because of the eye-to-eye and tactile contact required by Sign Language, it can also provide opportunities for parents and children to bond.

So, when can babies start learning Sign Language? According to research, infants as young as eight months old may recognize and use signs for familiar objects and concepts such as "hungry" and "tired" or "hot" and "cold" with regular and consistent exposure.

2. Improved spatial reasoning

Another intriguing advantage of studying Sign Language could be enhanced spatial understanding. The ability to perceive visual information in our environment and think about objects in three dimensions is referred to as spatial thinking. It's a fundamental aspect of math and science, but it's also important in creative work like drawing and painting.

3. The ability to read people

Learning Sign Language may improve your ability to recognize and interpret body language because it involves facial expressions, body language, and hand movements. Body language refers to a variety of nonverbal cues that people use to indicate their emotions and intentions, such as posture and facial expressions.

4. Better reaction times and peripheral vision

Our reaction time and peripheral vision appear to be positively impacted by our capacity to interpret and use Sign Language. The length of time that elapses between the moment we perceive something and the moment we respond to it is referred to as reaction time. What we can see around us without turning our heads is referred to as peripheral vision. Both of these things are important in sports like basketball and tennis, as well as in everyday activities like driving a car or cycling.

5. Cognitive benefits

Learning a second language has been shown to improve creativity and even protect against Alzheimer's disease. Learning Sign Language has all of the same advantages as learning a foreign language. Bilingualism (whether sign or spoken) is beneficial to the brain. It improves cognitive function and thinking while also improving memory, attention span, creativity, and communication abilities.

6. Awareness

Learning a foreign language immerses you in a new community and a different culture. The same is true for Sign Language, which opens us up to the Deaf community and its culture, at the very heart of the identity and life of Deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

Language Services Bureau provides Sign Language Interpreters to support events where the hearing impaired or hard-of-hearing people may be present.

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