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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ntc Publishing Group; 1 edition (April 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809234300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809234301
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 17.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #742,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carrie sika on Sept. 21 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a well-written, well-researched book. The concept is wonderful, but it is not everything that it could be. I am a graduate student studying infant and toddler development, and I have devoted years to researching this topic. Teaching your children to communicate through sign language is one of the best and most important commitments a parent can make. Your child will have a larger vocabulary and greater social skills. (my 25-month old has a vocabulary of approximately 850 words.)
However, if you are going to invest all of time and effort, teach your children ASL! Baby Signs are meant to be used for a time and then cast aside - BUT preschoolers who sign have significantly larger vocabularies, and elementary children who sign perform approximately 1 grade level above their peers in Language Arts. If they encounter deaf individuals they will be able to communicate with them. If you are going to teach them to sign, let it become a lifelong thing, not a rudimentary language to be cast aside in a few years! I recommend Joseph Garcia's book, Sign With Your Baby, and if you are interested in the research behind it and ASL for older children, buy Dancing with words by Marilyn Daniels. That is a 5-star book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dakota7997 on March 15 2004
Format: Paperback
I like this book because it uses ASL and I was easily able to scan/read it in one sitting. I think teaching a baby ASL over baby signs is very important because baby signs will only be useful til they are 2-3yrs wherebys ASL will be useful throughout their life and they will be able to communicate to deaf children.
The book shows how to do the signs and also outlines ideal settings to use the signs to communicate with your baby. My son is 6 months old now and loves it when I sign 'Mommy loves you' and 'car/drive' to him.
I also like how there is an dictionary section with about 150 signs; their is also illustrations of signs in appropiate areas of the book (i.e. in "which signs to start with" section it shows how to do Milk, More... Signs so you don't have to go to the dictionary to see how to do each.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "angjansen" on Dec 31 2003
Format: Paperback
To any who read the review RE:Holly Cox, Nov.10,2003.
I am the mother of a 1 1/2yr. daughter. I also know signing and as the result of reading an article in Parents Magasine reguarding "signing with babies", I began an experiment to see wether signing would be an assett to a toddler. This article highlighted the lowering of frustration levels with increased communication, AS WELL as, an increased oral vocabulary due to the repetition of verbal reenforcement associated with the use of the sign. The experiment was more successful than I had expected and my daughter could soon communicate her needs in situations that were a previously source of frustration to her:" down, finished, drink, eat, up, more". It wasn't long before her interests expanded and with them her oral AND signing vocabulary. Although she does not have the fine motor coordination to manipulate many of the intricicies of advanced signing, she is eager to keep her active mind occupied with visually learning signs dear to her little heart. Signing has not stinted her oral vocabulary, ON THE CONTRARY, she is an extremely verbal child for her age (she is my 4th, I know the difference) and, although credit immersion in early reading/and natural linguistic aptitude to a portion of her development, If I had to rate "SIGNING" as a stepping stone in her growth I would hold it in the same place of influence as these other factors. If you wonder what I mean by early talker here is a sample list of words that she knows in both sign AND oraly: eat, drink, bottle, shower, toothbrush, wash, CD, jacket, shoes, rain, snow, twinkle, star, cold, up, down, finished, come, dog, cat, bird, chicken, upstairs, sleep, sit, moon, stop, patience, not yours, mine, help, water, wave, flower, funny, car, music,....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By apfb on Jan. 26 2004
Format: Paperback
I read Baby Signs and Signing with Your Baby by Joseph Garcia. I do NOT recommend Baby Signs but highly recommend Signing with Your Baby by Joseph Garcia instead for the following reasons:
1. Mr. Garcia has a clearer plan for teaching sign language
2. Mr. Garcia teaches ASL rather than modified or invented signs used in Dr. Acredolo's book
3. Mr. Garcia has better illustrated sign instructions
4. Mr. Garcia's books is simply shorter and more succinct, more meat and less fluff than Dr. Acredolo's book
Dr. Acredolo's book is fun to read because of all the anecdotes about children using signs, and I understand the spirit of her book for using simplified or invented signs for babies. However, it was unsatisfying to be taught invented signs instead of true ASL. If learning another language, would one want to learn the baby babble version of that language? For me, the answer is clearly no.
Using Sign with Your Baby in conjunction with a class or videos such as the excellent Signing Time series provides an effective way to teach baby and parents sign language.
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By wgreg on Feb. 2 2011
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If you and your partner are like me and my partner you'll run through the book and teach your child just a very few signs. Don't bother with the book if that is the case and just make up your own signs for 'dirty diaper', 'more', 'milk', 'hungry' and 'all done'. If you're a go-getter, however, you can really get your kid to have real conversations. I've seen people have little chats with their kids about the 'pretty pony'. Pick it up if it is on sale.
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