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Baby Sign Language Basics: Early Communication for Hearing Babies and Toddlers, Original Diaper Bag Edition [Paperback]

Monta Z. Briant
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Book Description

March 15 2004 Hay House Lifestyles
Why are thousands of hearing parents signing with their hearing babies? According to a long-term study at UC Davis, funded by the National Institutes of Health, signing babies:

- talk sooner and have larger vocabularies

- have stronger parent/child bonds

- have less frustration, crying and tantrums

- show more interest in books

- engage in more sophisticated play

- have increased IQ scores

Signing also increases baby's self-esteem and gives parents a window into their child's mind and personality.

In 'Baby Sign Language Basics,' parents will learn 60 baby-friendly American Sign Language signs. Baby-specific signing techniques, songs, and games are included to make learning fun and easy, and also open up two-way communication quickly. 'Baby Sign Language Basics' is the perfect baby sign language book for new parents. After all, what parent doesn't want to know what their baby is trying to tell them? (And the book is even small enough for the diaper bag!)

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"'Nurseries in Britain are about to be swept by the new craze of baby signing' The Observer, Sunday 2 March 2003; 'The practice is becoming popular among parents in America. In some states, such as Florida, it is commonplace. Now it has come to Britain, with classes and seminars being held to teach the technique. Informal mothers' groups are meeting weekly to spread the message and practice the gestures...' The Observer, Sunday 2 March 2003"

About the Author

Monta Briant, a native of San Francisco, and her husband, Paul, of Cape Town, South Africa, began signing with their daughter, Sirena, when she was six months old. The family eventually learned hundreds of signs together. Monta was so moved by the ability to communicate effectively with her then preverbal daughter that she found herself telling anyone pushing a stroller about baby sign language. In 2001, Monta, a former professional yacht captain, decided to make a permanent career change that would enable her to stay home with her daughter, so she founded Baby Sign Language Workshops. An enthusiastic speaker and self-proclaimed 'baby sign language evangelist,' Monta teaches baby sign language workshops and parent-tot signing classes throughout San Diego County. Baby Sign Language Workshops classes have been the subject of feature stories in the ' San Diego Union-Tribune' and on Fox 6 News. This is her first book.

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My then-ten-month-old daughter, Sirena, had always been easy to put to bed, so when she clung to me and cried one warm night, I wondered what could be wrong. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars all the basics March 7 2004
Baby sign language basics fulfills its title admirably and, for someone relatively new to the topic, like me, is a good place to start. The broad areas covered include
>>about baby sign language
>>getting started
>>now you're signing
>>signing for fun
>>photographs of 60 signs
with just enough information to answer your questions. The style of writing is upbeat and enthusiastic on the topic and has some good ideas for including signing as part of your interaction with your baby, including the words (and when to sign) to several nursery rhymes which I'd forgotten. Be aware, that although this book has 333 pages, take note of the dimensions 0.98 x 4.34 x 4.30 (inches) - it's pretty small (apparently so it can fit in your diaper/nappy bag). Overall, worth the price for it's intended audience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book to start with Nov. 18 2006
This book is a great little book for these reasons and more: (1) it's great size is easy to keep in a diaper bag for quick reference and sharing with other caregivers; (2) it uses American Sign Language signs - no made up signs here. I've chatted with and met Monta on a few occasions - she's incredibly dedicated to this topic. Baby Sign Language Basics is a great book for new and expecting parents and makes a great baby shower gift!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book- teaches ASL signs to babies March 15 2004
1. uses ASL (much better than baby signs because useful throughout babies life)
2. excellent content, well written, easy to read (i think it even has more content than Garcia's book).
3. dictionary has 60 useful ASL signs
1. Very Small, tiny book! (though it is packed with information!)
2. Does not give signs in books content (you have to go to dictionary in back to see how to do the sign).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, easy to learn pictures! April 18 2004
I decided to teach my 11 month old son to sign and bought this book on a whim. What a relief it was to find that it has been a such a great help. The pictures for the signs are easy to learn and are all baby friendly words such as change(diaper), mom, dad, grandma, cracker, eat, kiss, I love you and many more. All the other ASL words I wanted to find out about I found on a great website [...] where there is a virtual dictionary. I highly recommend this book to anyone thinking about teaching their baby to sign.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short & Sweet May 9 2005
My husband & I found this tiny book very useful and full of information on how to get started with baby sign language.
Easy & quick to read. Explains why & how to use sign language.
We recommend it to all new parents!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This book is TINY April 18 2010
A Kid's Review
I got the size book that is about the size of my palm. Although it fit in the van or my purse or anywhere, the pictures only showed one sign...so it's like ummm, am I supposed to make that sign in this direction or that direction or how many times or what. So although it's a basic book and it's nice to have on the go, there are some other ones out there that you can get. Well, the title is called basics isnt it. lol
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