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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"
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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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 morePublished 14 months ago by Lisha&Mike
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 morePublished on Feb. 2 2011 by wgreg
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 morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by apfb
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 morePublished on Nov. 20 2003 by SA Mom
Interesting theory. The parents I know who use baby signs have done so because their children are "late" talkers. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003 by Holly Cox
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 morePublished on Nov. 10 2003
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 morePublished on Nov. 6 2003 by STEPHANIE
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 morePublished on Oct. 6 2003