Baby Sign Language and Learning to Talk

Toddler girl with brown hair smiling, hands on cheeks demonstrating baby sign language, pink hair clip, on white background.

By far the most frequently voiced concern about encouraging babies to use signs to communicate before they can talk is that doing so will slow down verbal development. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Baby sign language actually speeds up the process. How do we know? With a grant from the federal government, Dr. Susan Goodwyn and…

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From Signs to Speech—Inevitable!

A joyful woman aiding language development by interacting with a baby in a crib in a brightly colored nursery.

By Linda Acredolo, Ph.d October 2012 Despite our federally-funded research, evidence showing that signing babies actually learn to talk sooner, some parents still worry that their babies will be too content with signing to do the work of learning to talk. Below are four reasons why children are, in fact, eager to make the transition:…

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Sabla D’Oliveira: International Partner for Baby Signs Portugal®

Sabla D'Oliveira with Beebo

Sabla D’Oliveira’s journey with the Baby Signs® Program is a testament to the program’s profound impact on both babies and families. As the International Partner for Baby Signs® Portugal, her passion shines through her story: From Curiosity to Calling: Since she was a little girl, she’s always held a fascination for the world of infants…

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Fostering Emotional Development

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Lessons in Kindness from Rover and Kitty By: Linda Acredolo, Ph.D One of the most important values that parents pass on to their children is empathy—that is, the ability to recognize what other people are feeling AND the willingness to take action to help them feel better—and in general to be kind and helpful to…

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Celebrating Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Day with Baby Signs®: Empowering Communication and Connection


Welcome to our blog, where we celebrate Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Day on March 8th, highlighting the synergy between SEL principles and the empowering communication tools provided by the Baby Signs® Program. SEL Day emphasizes the importance of fostering social-emotional skills in individuals of all ages, aligning perfectly with the mission of the Baby Signs® Program…

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