Welcome to the Baby Signs® Blog!

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We are so excited to have you here. This blog is dedicated to providing information and resources for parents who are interested in teaching their babies basic sign language. We know that teaching your baby sign language can be a great way to help them communicate their needs and wants, build a stronger bond with…

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Why Kids Love Animals

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Ever wonder why children, even babies, are so drawn to animals? Even linguists have long been aware of this attraction. Turns out that more than a third of the average baby’s earliest words are names for animals with “cat,” “dog,” “bird,” and “bunny” leading the pack. What’s more, we see a similar trend among signs.…

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Spooky Fun with Baby Signs®: Celebrating Halloween Together!

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Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to introduce your little one to the magic of the Baby Signs® Program in a fun and festive way! Baby Signs® can enhance communication with your baby, allowing them to express themselves before they can even talk. This Halloween, let’s explore how you can…

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Tina Cavanaugh: Certified Baby Signs® Instructor from Austin, TX

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In the bustling city of Austin, Texas, where the culture is as diverse as the food scene, there’s one woman who stands out for her unique and impactful work. Meet Tina Cavanaugh, a certified Baby Signs® Instructor who has been changing the lives of infants and their caregivers for over a decade. The Journey to…

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Keeping the Bough from Breaking: Signing and Attachment

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By Linda Acredolo, Ph.D, co-founder of the Baby Signs® Program What do you think is the optimal age for a child to be adopted? If you’re like most people, your answer is “at birth.” It just seems like common sense to us today. Unfortunately, however, for centuries of adopted children that was not the typical…

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Helping Toddlers at a “Loss for Words”: The Baby Signs® Program and Social Development

By Linda Acredolo, Ph.D. and Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D. Co-founders, The Baby Signs® Program Every parent wants his or her child to enjoy other people and to be well-liked. In Developmental Psychology, we include both these goals under the term “social development.” Although most parents are aware that innate differences in temperament contribute importantly to individual…

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

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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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Enhancing Communication and Safety

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Celebrating National Baby Safety Month with the Baby Signs® Program Welcoming a new baby into your life is an exhilarating experience, accompanied by immense joy and a strong desire to keep your little one safe. As parents and caregivers, ensuring the safety and well-being of your baby becomes a top priority. This National Baby Safety…

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Linking the Baby Signs® Program and Literacy Development

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By Linda Acredolo, Ph.D. and Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D.Co-founders, The Baby Signs® Program The buzz word is literacy…. All around us we hear about the importance of literacy. Parents are told to read, read, read to their children—whether it’s cloth books, board books, or chapter books. With all this emphasis on literacy, it seems particularly important…

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Using Infant Sign Language in Multilingual Classrooms

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Classrooms today are increasingly diverse, with students coming from families that speak a variety of languages. This presents challenges for comprehension and communication, both for students learning English and for teachers trying to support the needs of multilingual students. One innovative solution that can help bridge these language gaps is using infant sign language. Infant…

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

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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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Baby Signs® Early Childhood Educator Training: A Tool for NAEYC Accreditation

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Early childhood education plays a pivotal role in shaping children’s development and preparing them for a successful future. As child development centers strive for excellence, meeting the rigorous standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) becomes paramount. One program that aligns seamlessly with these standards is the Baby Signs®…

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Enhancing Communication and Development

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The Baby Signs® Program in Child Development Centers In the ever-evolving landscape of early childhood education, innovative programs are continuously being explored to support children’s growth and development. One such program gaining recognition is the Baby Signs® Program, a communication tool that uses basic sign language with babies. Its implementation in child development centers has…

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The Benefits of the Baby Signs® Program for Military Families

Although every family with very young children faces challenges, those faced by military families are particularly daunting. Here are just a few of the special situations that make their lives so stressful. How can signing with babies and toddlers before they can talk make life easier for militaryfamilies? First, let’s consider the proven benefits of the…

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

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