Adorable exchange as deaf grandma teaches deaf baby to sign

Aria is a happy five month old.
Aria is a happy five month old.  Photo: Facebook

There is always something so beautiful about babies with special connections to their older family members. But what Aria McMahon has with her grandmother Pamela is pure magic.

Aria is deaf, and so is Pamela. When the two spent time together recently, and Pamela spoke to Aria in sign language, Aria's mum Shari was there to capture the moment.

In the video, which Shari shared on her Facebook page, Aria is 9 weeks old, and is clearly taken with her grandmother. Pamela is speaking to Aria in sign language while Aria lies on her lap, smiling and cooing. Aria cannot take her eyes of her grandmother.

Pamela is asking Aria if she can sign "Grandma", then helping Aria to do the sign.

The connection between Aria and Pamela is something special, according to Shari.

"Aria and I have moved out of state so they haven't seen each other since the video," she told Scary Mommy. "They have a special bond and my mum misses her so much.

"Aria is almost 5 months old now and she hasn't been signing lately but always 'listens' intently to people signing to her. She is fifth generation deaf in our family. Almost every member of our family is deaf."

With that kind of support, Aria will be signing in no time. But that connection with her grandma Pamela will remain something special.


Babies are developmentally ready to understand signs from around four months old, according to, and will start signing back around eight or nine months old, when they are coordinated enough.

It's not just hearing impaired babies that can benefit from learning sign language. Teaching hearing babies sign language is increasing in popularity, for its benefits of helping children to communicate earlier and reducing frustration and tantrums.

Even teaching a few practical signs such as "drink", "eat", "more" and "sleep" can make a huge difference to a baby's ability to tell you what they need.

Teaching babies sign language can also have longer range benefits including higher IQ, better grades at school and a larger vocabulary, according to