Started With Baby Signing
by Aisling Jones
You have probably already introduced your baby to signs
without even realizing it. Waving hello, bye-bye,
pointing, blowing kisses, shaking your head no, or nodding
it yes are all common signs that all babies and toddlers
pick up quickly. Using signs to communicate with your
child can be that simple.
taught sign language often ahead of their peers later on By DEBORAH WHITE
Parents using a new child-rearing technique may need
to pencil in "first sign" next to "first
word" in their kids' baby books.
That's because sign language is emerging as another way
for babies to communicate, even if they don't have hearing
or developmental problems.
Signs Are Simple and Smart
By The Editors of Sesame Street Parents
Teach your baby sign language? Why not? It's fun. It's
useful. And it could boost your child's IQ.
Researchers recently discovered a 12-point IQ gap between
a group of second-graders who had been trained to sign as
babies and a group who had not. "We were
astonished," says one of the researchers, Linda
Acredolo, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University
of California at Davis.
- They have a one-of-a-kind
parent-child play class curricula (Beginner and
Intermediate) available for Instructors who want to start
(or extend) developmentally-sound signing programs in
their area. They also offer a Workshop/Lecture
Curriculum. Currently, play classes and workshops
based on their materials are offered in 14 cities around
the country. Recently they released the award
winning children's video: The
Treasure Chest: Toys and Signs.
- Teaches hearing
parents how to begin two-way communication with their hearing
babies through sign language before their infants can
speak. Discussion groups, photo gallery of signing
WIN their complete Learning Kit here!
- Research information on
baby signing, Sign Language Dictionary, Discussion Board
- Discussion Board, Email Group, Seasonal and Holiday
signs and lots more!
- created to help build a stronger communication bond
between parent and baby through the use of sign language
- A resourceful web site on sign languages, imagery language and other visual
- The web site that supports the Baby Signs Book (shown
above). Research information and benefits are
outlined along with input from parents and doctors.