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Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk, New Edition Paperback – June 24, 2002

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (June 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071387765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071387767
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michelle on October 14, 2001
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Baby Signs is clearly designed to be a first introduction to the concept of signing with young children. The book has 162 pages. The first 109 pages are a conceptual introduction to signing with infants. In this conceptual introduction, the authors: (1) describe through examples how babies naturally use familiar gestures to communicate (e.g. waving "bye-bye" or using the motion from the Itsy Bitsy Spider when they see a spider), (2) provide anecdotes about how they observed their own children using "signs" before actually trying to sign with them, and (3) thoroughly describe the results of their research program on the use of sign language with children. The basic results of their studies were that signing speeded up the ability to communicate by 6 to 18 months, that signing increased the rate of subsequent verbal communication, and that signing had long-term positive impact on IQ and language ability. This is done with many examples of children and families in their study, so it is very engaging.
The final 53 pages include (1) responses to specific questions many parents have asked about the process of signing with children, (2) illustrations of 53 signs, and (3) Rhymes that can be used to teach children signs.
I read this book when my daughter was 3 months old, and I knew very little about the topic except that signing with babies was a new trend. As I read the touching examples of other parents using signs with their children, I often found myself with tears in my eyes as I imagined being able to have meaningful communication with my daughter far before I'd ever imagined. This book created a vivid and personal picture of how signing could create a better relationship with my daughter.
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I purchased this book when I was pregnant intending to teach sign language to my baby. As a speech-language pathologist, I recognized the value of early communication through the use of sign language. This book provides excellent information on how to introduce your own signs to your baby as well as fascinating stories about other childrens' experiences with using baby signs. The book is easy to follow and parents do not need to use a formal system of sign language. The book also contains a chapter of answers to parents' questions.
Teaching baby signs to my daughter was easy and fun to do. She has done very well with signing. At 13 months, she had an expressive sign vocabulary of almost 30 signs and could put 2 signs together to form a phrase. This was remarkable, since the average child doesn't put 2 words together until 18 months. Baby Signs has enabled my daughter to communicate earlier, allowed me to see what she really knows, and reduced her frustration in communicating. Now that she is speaking, she uses signs to clarify words I don't understand. What a wonderful gift this has been to our family!
I now teach a developmental play class for parents and infants. I teach baby signs as part of the class. Parents have been very enthusiastic about learning signs and I always recommend this book.
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This book should be given to every parent before they can leave the hospital; required like child safety seats. The deceptively simple approach to non-verbal communication with children in the 10 to 24 month range presented here is nothing short of magic. Our twin grandchildren's mother got the book at a baby shower. The parents and we the grandparents (who have daily contact with the girls) decided to try signs as the authors suggested, beginning at 10 months.
I was leery at first, feeling as some reviewers have that this was simply what parents had always done. Not so. I wish I had know about this 30 years ago with my own kids.
As the book predicted, they took a couple of weeks of repeated use before the girls began understanding and using signs, but once they did the results were astounding. No more whinny children -- they tell you they are hungry, thirsty, the water is too hot or cold, they want more, to do it again, they understand that its all gone....
It is not ASL, nor could it be. Children of this age do not have the finger control necessary to do ASL. It does not delay speech, it accelerates it. I suspect is gives the children an immense head start in intellectual areas.
The signs they show in drawings and pictures are very helpful, but nothing prepares you for the joy you feel when your child invents a sign to tell you something new. You soon discover for yourself much of what the book's "testimonial" accounts have predicted. Baby Signs -- give a copy to someone you know.
The only real fault with Baby Signs is that if you try it you become addicted: our web site is proof of that. http:members.xoom.com/jfitch2/babysigns.html
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By Walker55 on February 8, 2000
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My husband and I LOVED this book and what it did for our relationship with our child. The book gives good arguments for why teaching your child baby signs can be very fruitful, and gives clear instructions for going about it. We started in earnest with our daughter at about 8 months; by 15 months she was learning new signs *every day* and had a vocabulary of over 50 signs. After a slow start, she quickly grasped the concept of baby signs and used them to the utmost. It was extremely rewarding to see her be able to communicate so effectively. The book tauts how this method will accelerate your child's verbal development; at the time I remember thinking that it didn't matter if this were the case--it was just so much fun signing with her! Now she is 22 mos, and is talking up a storm. Many folks have commented on her large vocabulary. Was it due to Baby Signs? Who knows--whether it was or not, the experience we had because of this book was well worth the effort.
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