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Making a Difference in the Lives of Babies: The Path to Becoming a Certified Baby Signs® Instructor

In a world where communication is key, helping babies express themselves before they can speak has become a revolutionary concept. Enter the realm of Baby Signs®, a program designed to empower infants with the ability to communicate through simple signs before they utter their first words. If you’re passionate about early childhood development and communication, becoming a certified Baby Signs® instructor could be the fulfilling journey you’ve been searching for.

The Power of the Baby Signs® Program

The Science Behind the Baby Signs® Program

Grounded in over 3 decades of scientific research, much of it funded by the National Institute of Health, the Baby Signs® program helps preverbal infants and toddlers understand and use simple signs, bridging the gap between caregiver and child long before verbal communication begins. 

Benefits of Early Communication

Explore the myriad benefits of early communication through Baby Signs®, including enhanced bonding between parents and infants, reduced frustration for both parties, and improved cognitive development in babies.

The Road to Certification

Dr. Linda Acredolo and Dr. Susan Goodwyn

Training for Success

Explore the comprehensive training program developed by renowned child development experts, Drs. Acredolo and Goodwyn. The self-paced training program, comprising written and video materials, ensures that even those new to teaching feel confident in delivering exciting and informative Baby Signs® classes. This includes meticulously developed clear and complete lesson plans for all Baby Signs® workshops and classes. 

The training is a comprehensive program that includes instruction in infant sign language, early childhood development, and a certification to teach the Baby Signs® Program. This holistic approach equips aspiring instructors with the knowledge and skills needed to create a supportive learning environment for both infants and their caregivers.

A Global Community of Instructors

Diverse Paths, Common Purpose

Baby Signs® instructors represent a multitude of professions, from teachers and speech-language pathologists to parents and therapists. With a global impact that extends from community hospitals to U.S. military bases worldwide, the program unites individuals passionate about fostering effective communication in infants.

Launching Your Baby Signs® Classes and Workshops

Tailoring the Baby Signs® Experience

Becoming a certified Baby Signs® instructor opens the door to a diverse array of classes and workshops, each designed to enrich the lives of families in unique ways. As you embark on your journey, consider the following options for classes and workshops that Baby Signs® instructors can expertly teach:

Baby Signs® Parent Workshop

Parent Workshops:

Empower parents with valuable insights into the world of baby sign language through dedicated workshops. This 90-minute class provides parents with an overview of the Baby Signs® Program, including the many benefits of signing, basic “How To” for teaching babies sign language, and many of the most useful signs through games, songs, and entertaining activities.

Infant/Toddler Play Classes: Sign, Say & Play and MORE Sign, Say & Play

Baby Signs®

Engage infants and toddlers in playful and interactive classes that go beyond traditional teaching methods. Incorporating signs into play allows for a multisensory learning experience, enhancing communication skills and fostering a positive association with signing. These classes provide a dynamic environment where parents and children can bond while learning signs. Families and learn signs with fun songs and games in these 6-week classes. In addition, parents learn simple ways to support their baby’s intellectual and social-emotional development.

Early Childhood Educator Training:

Extend the reach of Baby Signs® by offering specialized training for early childhood educators. Equip educators with the knowledge and skills needed to integrate basic sign language into their classrooms, creating inclusive and communicative environments for young learners. This training empowers educators to enhance their teaching practices and positively impact the development of the children under their care.

Other Enrichment Classes for Parents and Children From Birth to Age 5:

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Diversify your offerings by exploring a range of enrichment classes tailored to parents and children from birth to age 5. On The Grow!™ classes cover topics and ages well beyond the focus of our traditional signing agenda. These short, 45-minute classes include parenting topics from Dr. Acredolo and Goodwyns’ two other best-selling parenting books, Baby Hearts and Baby Minds. These interactive classes are based around fun, child-friendly themes while incorporating wonderful child development topics such as self-control and cooperation.

As you launch your Baby Signs® classes and workshops, the flexibility of the program allows you to meet the specific needs and interests of your community. Whether you’re guiding parents in workshops, fostering play in infant/toddler classes, training educators, or offering diverse enrichment classes, you have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the journey of communication and connection for families.

Instructor Support and Resources

Becoming a certified Baby Signs® instructor not only opens the door to teaching engaging classes but also grants you access to a wealth of supportive resources. The commitment to your success doesn’t end with certification; instead, it marks the beginning of a supportive community and ongoing assistance.

Baby Signs® Support Resources

All Independent Certified Instructors (ICIs) enjoy free access to a rich repository of Baby Signs® support and resources. These resources are designed to empower instructors with the tools and information to help their business to succeed. Whether you need assistance with class preparation, marketing strategies, or ongoing professional development, the support resources are a valuable asset.

Instructor Directory

The Baby Signs® website has an Instructor Directory, providing a convenient platform for families to connect with their local instructors. This directory fosters community engagement, allowing parents to easily access information about upcoming classes, workshops, and events facilitated by certified instructors.

Business Guidance for New ICIs

Newly certified ICIs receive comprehensive information about starting a business, creating a marketing plan, and delivering exciting classes and workshops. This guidance is tailored to help instructors navigate the practical aspects of establishing themselves in their communities, ensuring a smooth transition from certification to actively teaching Baby Signs classes.

Peer Support and Collaboration

Instructors are encouraged to support and encourage each other through various channels, including chats, emails, and discussion boards. This sense of community fosters collaboration, providing a platform for sharing experiences, seeking advice, and celebrating successes. The collective knowledge and encouragement of fellow ICIs create a network of support that extends beyond individual teaching experiences.

Instructor Support Site

ICIs can easily access the Instructor Support Site, a centralized hub where essential documents can be downloaded. From forms to fliers and marketing materials, this resource ensures that instructors have quick and convenient access to the tools they need to effectively manage their classes and grow their Baby Signs®  business.

By offering a robust support system and a rich array of resources, the Baby Signs® Program not only equips instructors with the skills to teach but also provides the ongoing support needed to thrive in their roles and positively impact the lives of infants and their families.

Marketing Resources to Boost Your Business

Launching your Baby Signs® business is not just about teaching classes; it’s about effectively reaching and engaging your community. The program understands the importance of marketing in building a successful and thriving practice. With the purchase of your Instructor Business Kit, you gain access to comprehensive marketing tools and resources, providing you with the resources needed to kickstart your marketing efforts immediately. From sample classes and a marketing guide to business templates and professionally designed signing posters, these resources empower you to effectively market your Baby Signs® business, ensuring a successful launch in your community.

A Rewarding Journey

Becoming a certified Baby Signs® instructor is not just a career choice; it’s a journey towards enriching the lives of babies and their families. With the flexibility to tailor your schedule, build a supportive community, and contribute to the well-being of families, this fulfilling path connects you to the joy of witnessing babies communicate through sign. Embark on this fulfilling path and witness the transformative power of early communication in the lives of the little ones you touch.