The Baby Signs® Program: A Movement Built on a Solid Foundation

Scientific Research

Linda Acredolo, Ph.D. ,Professor Emeritus, UC Davis Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, CSU Stanislaus Why Sign Language for Babies? There’s nothing more heart-wrenching than hearing a baby cry and not knowing why. The problem for babies is with the painstakingly slow development of the ability to produce words. Fortunately, babies are a good deal more…

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Late-Talking Toddlers: How the Baby Signs® Program Can Help

Mom kissing baby

By: Catherine Brown, M.A., CCC-SLP Speech-language pathologists refer to children as “late-talkers” when they are slower to develop verbal/expressive skills than their peers even though they have very good receptive (language comprehension) skills. This pattern distinguishes them from “language-impaired” children who have significant deficits in both language comprehension and production. In contrast to language-impaired children,…

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The Baby Signs® Program: A Helpful Tool in Bilingual Settings

Dad and daughter

Linda Acredolo, Ph.D. & Susan Goodwyn, Ph,.D. As more and more parents learn the value of exposing their children to second and even third languages early in life, the number of babies being raised in “bilingual homes” is rapidly increasing. Just what does this mean? In many cases it means that one parent speaks one…

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Infant Sign Language and Learning to Talk

Mom signing CAT

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. Using sign language actually speeds up the process. How do we know? With a grant from the federal government, Drs.…

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