Can sign language be used as an alternative for children who mix up their words when speaking?

Sign language can be a great bridge for children who are not yet talking or if their speech is difficult to understand.  Begin with words in their environment that have a purpose.  Consider words such as: milk, eat, outside, up/down, go, sleep, blanket.   When using the signs, continue to speak the word so the connection between the sign and the spoken word can be made.  Continue to ensure that developmental milestones are being met and if there is a concern, reach out to your pediatrician or early intervention provider agency.