Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk Paperback – May 1996
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From Library Journal
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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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,....Read more ›
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!
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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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 16 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
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