How Long Does a Sign Last?

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One of the questions that our Baby Signs® Instructors hear frequently from parents is how long a sign stays in a baby’s repertoire before the word appears. Of course, the answer is that it varies enormously. If the sign is substituting for a relatively easy word like “ball” or “more,” the word may appear relatively quickly. But…

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When to Start Signing

One of the most frequent questions our network of Baby Signs® Instructors hear when they give their Parent Workshops and Sign, Say & Play® classes is “When should we start signing with our baby?” Truth is, there’s no “perfect” time to start signing. Over the years we’ve noticed three different approaches parents take to the issue of…

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Celebrating Independence Day with the Baby Signs®Program

Tips and Activities for a Fun and Safe 4th of July Hello Baby Signs® Families! The 4th of July is a wonderful time for families to come together and celebrate Independence Day with festivities, food, and fireworks. For our littlest celebrants, it can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience. This year, why not incorporate Baby…

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Celebrating Father’s Day with the Baby Signs® Program

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Father’s Day is a special time to honor the amazing dads in our lives. At Baby Signs®, we believe that this celebration is not only about acknowledging the incredible fathers but also about cherishing the unique bond between dads and their little ones. This Father’s Day, let’s explore how the Baby Signs® Program can enhance…

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Signing Sentences: When One Sign Isn’t Enough!

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There’s no doubt that a single sign—such as MORE, for example—conveys important information. But there’s also no denying that the combination MORE plus COOKIE is even clearer. Babies seem to know this intuitively; that’s why as soon as they can, they begin stringing two words (or signs!) together and sentences are born. This important intellectual milestone—…

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Baby Sign Language and Learning to Talk

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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!

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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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How To Raise A Reader

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As we celebrate Read Across America Week and honor the legacy of Dr. Seuss, let us embrace innovative approaches to early literacy that promote communication, engagement, and inclusion. Baby Signs® not only enhances language development and literacy skills but also fosters a deeper connection between caregivers and children through the shared joy of reading. By…

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Valentine’s Day with Baby Signs®: A Symphony of Signs and Love

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Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, and what better way to embrace this sentiment than by nurturing the social and emotional development of our little ones through the language of Baby Signs®. As parents, caregivers, and families around the world embark on the joyous journey of raising expressive communicators, let’s explore how Baby Signs®…

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Doula and Certified Baby Signs® Instructor: Naima Bond’s Impactful Story in Atlanta

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In the bustling city of Atlanta, Georgia, a passionate advocate for early communication and infant development shines through – Naima Bond. With a background deeply rooted in early intervention, Naima has become a trusted certified Baby Signs® Instructor, bringing her wealth of knowledge to parents and educators alike. Let’s delve into her journey and discover…

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Building Connections: Integrating Baby Signs® into Professional Practice with Infants and Toddlers

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In the realm of early intervention, effective communication is the cornerstone of success. For professionals working with infants and toddlers, the Baby Signs® program has emerged as a transformative tool, providing a unique approach to bridge the communication gap before verbal language development. In this blog post, we’ll delve into practical strategies and insights on…

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Signs of Success: A Decade in the World of Baby Signs® with Christine Taylor

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In the bustling world of parenting, finding effective ways to communicate with infants and toddlers can be challenging. However, certified Baby Signs® instructor Christine Taylor has made it her mission to empower parents and caregivers with the tools to give their little ones a “voice” before they can speak. Let’s delve into Christine’s journey, experience,…

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Sign and Rhyme for Winter

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Children of all ages love songs and rhymes that include “finger play.” Why else would “Itsy Bitsy Spider” have maintained its popularity for generation after generation of children? The nice thing is that finger play rhymes have the added advantage of helping teach babies, toddlers, and preschoolers useful signs that can enable them to communicate…

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