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Linda Acredolo , Susan Goodwyn
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April 1 1996
"This book provides a remarkably simple, intuitively pleasing, yet fascinating way to enhance communication, social interaction, and the sharing of inner worlds between parents and infants before they can talk." -- Daniel N. Stern, MD Author of Diary of a Baby "This delightfully written book provides parents and caregivers alike a step-by-step approach to encouraging the use of Baby Signs for objects, events, and needs. Opening up this nonverbal channel for communication helps both adult and child through that difficult stage when the desire to communicate outstrips the baby's capacity to say words." -- Susan Crockenberg, PhD Professor of Psychology, University of Vermont Have you ever noticed how easily babies learn to wave "bye-bye," or shake their heads for "no," and not for "yes"? These nonverbal gestures, or Baby Signs, enable them to communicate quite effectively before they are actually able to say the words. Unfortunately most parents stop right there, never realizing their baby's potential for learning other gestures--gestures that make it possible for parents to interact with their child in ways that would otherwise have been impossible until their baby could talk. Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn have spent more than a decade researching and studying the effects of Baby Signs on infant communication, and the results have been overwhelmingly positive. Not only do parents gain a much greater understanding of their children and their needs, but babies also develop skills that actually enrich their comprehension of language. In Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk, Acredolo and Goodwyn provide parents with a fun and simple step-by-step program for teaching children Baby Signs at home. This one-of-a-kind book includes easy-to-follow illustrated signs and photos, popular nursery rhymes with signs, parents' questions answered, and Baby Sign stories. Baby Signs allows infants to reach out to others and forge bonds of affection and satisfaction that will last a lifetime. Linda Acredolo, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Davis, and Susan Goodwyn, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at California State University, Stanislaus. They have been teaching Baby Signs to parents, teachers, and pediatricians for the past 10 years.

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After studying baby sign language with a grant from the National Institutes of Health, Acredelo (psychology, Univ. of California, Davis) and Goldwyn (psychology, California State Univ., Stanislaus) conclude that babies who are taught to use signs to express basic ideas (e.g., fingers to the lips for eat, fingers raised in a V for bunny) before they can say the words are both happier because they can communicate with others and more adept at speaking once they begin to acquire language. This is not a scholarly exegesis of their findings but a practical, easy-to-use guide to teaching baby signs. The authors begin with an explanation of their findings and then offer a portfolio of suggested signs in which simple pictures are accompanied by description, memory aid, and suggested situations for use. The book has an upbeat, encouraging tone that parents will appreciate. Interestingly, Parenting magazine cited the authors' study in the "News and Reviews" section of the May 1996 issue?but failed to mention this book! For all parenting collections.?Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Linda Acredolo, Ph.D., and Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D., both psychology professors, conducted their pioneering scientific research on the language and cognitive benefits of Baby Signing for the National Institutes of Health. They have shared their award-winning findings through national media, including appearances on "Dateline" and "Oprah." Dr. Acredolo is at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Goodwyn teaches at California State University, Stanislaus.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Baby Signs Dec 31 2003
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not everything it could be Sept. 21 2001
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Uses ASL, easy to read March 15 2004
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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I read this book and began using the baby signs when Joey was almost 8 months old. I did them over and over and over until it got to the point of where I thought he would NEVER catch on. But I kept it up. And he DID catch on! It was amazing! He finally did his first sign (all done/gone) 3 months later - and they just snowballed from there. I even got to the point of making up signs that weren't in the book, or I'd alter the sign the book shows to fit my needs. Before he could fully talk, he could communicate to tell me if he was hurt, scared, hungry, thirsty, sleepy, etc. He could tell me he wanted his blanket or pacifier even if they were nowhere in sight. My husband, who was SO skeptical after so long with no results, was totally grateful. And parents, don't worry about speech; he continued to say words verbally as he learned new signs and could say about 10 words at 12-13 months. Joey was advanced in speech at his 18 mo. checkup, and he talked in sentences at nearly 21 months. He is now 23 months and says new words and sentence combinations every day. The signs HELP your baby's speech! I highly recommend this book to any and every parent out there. The rewards are wonderful.
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I am the mother of 3 and a foster parent. I have an 18 month old child that is delayed...while working with her OT and PT providers I learned about "Baby Signs". I was sceptical but decided to buy the book just to see what it was all about. I read it from cover-to-cover in two days, it was very interesting! I started signing to the baby right away, focusing primairly on the "eat" (finger tips to lips) sign and the "more" (fingers touching thumbs on both hands and tapping fingers together) sign...I was so surprised when she signed "eat" the very first day!!! She made up her own sigh for "more" (palm up, clenching and relaxing fingers)...the second day when she was playing in the living room she suddenly made her "more" sign followed by the "eat" sign!!! I was so excited!!! I grabbed her up, put her in her highchair and opened two jars of baby food...SHE ATE BOTH JARS!!! She was hungry AND able to TELL me that she wanted to eat without her crying and me playing the guessing game...IT WAS GREAT!! What a breakthrough, until now baby has been totally non-"verbal" (except for the word daddy)!! I wish I would have known about baby signs when my first child was tiny (16 years ago) even though he was an early talker (full sentenses at 10 months old) is so wonderful to be able to KNOW what baby wants without the frustration of them screaming and you trying frantically to guess what it is that they want or need. I highly reccomend this book to everyone who wishes to communicate early with a child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So excited to start signing!
My husband and I both read this book while expecting our first little girl and as a result are very excited to start using Baby Signs!! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Lisha&Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars Learn a couple of signs
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2011 by wgreg
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read but inadequate instructions for teaching sign
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by apfb
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Book
I used Baby Signs to communicate with my daughter who is now 5, and loved it. I started when she was about 6 months old and kept it going until she could talk - and she had a... Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2003 by SA Mom
2.0 out of 5 stars Baby Signs
Interesting theory. The parents I know who use baby signs have done so because their children are "late" talkers. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2003 by Holly Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Communication is KEY even before a child can talk
This book has given us the tools to introduce a new effective form of communication with our baby. The tone of the book is friendly, supportive and easy to understand. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars I can talk to my baby before my baby could talk!
I originally had this book with my now 5-year-old. By the time he talked, he was using over 40 practical signs (those he used regularly). He was talking in sentences by age 2. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2003 by STEPHANIE
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is not very good
Baby Signs plays on the ambitions of parents but is mostly useless. The authors way over sell the idea that babies communicate with sign language. Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Great info but lots of fluff too
The premise of this book is great: teach your child sign langauge so he/she can communicate before he can talk. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2003 by kabuka
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