Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk

Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk

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by Linda Acredolo, Susan Goodwyn, Doug Abrams, Linda P. Acredolo
     
 

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The Essential Parenting Guide-
NOW COMPLETELY UPDATED AND EXPANDED!

In 1982, child development experts Linda Acredolo, Ph.D., and Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D., discovered that babies can communicate with simple signs-even before they're able to talk. The result: Baby Signs, the groundbreaking technique that has changed parenting forever.

Now, with the

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The Essential Parenting Guide-
NOW COMPLETELY UPDATED AND EXPANDED!

In 1982, child development experts Linda Acredolo, Ph.D., and Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D., discovered that babies can communicate with simple signs-even before they're able to talk. The result: Baby Signs, the groundbreaking technique that has changed parenting forever.

Now, with the widespread popularity of signing with hearing babies and new and exciting research findings to report, the authors have completely revised and expanded Baby Signs to create this indispensable new edition. Featuring an American Sign Language approach, as well as a set of “baby-friendly” alternatives, this comprehensive new program offers all the information any parent needs to join the hundreds of thousands of families around the world who are using Baby Signs to help their children communicate their “joys and fears without tears.” (Newsweek)

Inside you will find . . .

  • An expanded dictionary with easy-to-follow photos of 150 ASL signs along with a set of 35 “baby-friendly” alternatives
  • New research showing the benefits of Baby Signs for children's emotional development, for the parent-child relationship, and for reducing frustration and aggression in childcare settings
  • Information to help parents use the magic of Baby Signs to meet the challenges of potty training (as seen on CBS's The Doctors)
  • Real-life stories of parents achieving both stunning and heartwarming communication breakthroughs with their children

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Editorial Reviews

bn.com
Most parents are aware of the little gestures their infant uses to express various needs and moods, such as hunger or delight. This revised edition of a classic parenting work shows parents how they can expand their baby's use of nonverbal signs, greatly enhancing communication long before the infant is able to speak. In addition to illustrating a host of basic signs -- such as those for feelings, daily activities, and favorite foods -- the book helps readers develop their own signs with their child. Baby Signs also highlights the benefits of this method of communication, which include increased verbal and cognitive skills.
Library Journal
After studying baby sign language with a grant from the National Institutes of Health, Acredelo (psychology, Univ. of California, Davis) and Goldwyn (psychology, California State Univ., Stanislaus) conclude that babies who are taught to use signs to express basic ideas (e.g., fingers to the lips for eat, fingers raised in a V for bunny) before they can say the words are both happier because they can communicate with others and more adept at speaking once they begin to acquire language. This is not a scholarly exegesis of their findings but a practical, easy-to-use guide to teaching baby signs. The authors begin with an explanation of their findings and then offer a portfolio of suggested signs in which simple pictures are accompanied by description, memory aid, and suggested situations for use. The book has an upbeat, encouraging tone that parents will appreciate. Interestingly, Parenting magazine cited the authors' study in the "News and Reviews" section of the May 1996 issuebut failed to mention this book! For all parenting collections. Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071615037
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
03/09/2009
Edition description:
List
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
154,460
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Linda Acredolo,
Ph.D.
, Professor
Emeritus of
Psychology at the
University of
California at
Davis, is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of child development. She is a Fellow of both the American
Psychological Association and the American Psychological
Society and has served as an associate editor of the prestigious journal, Child Development. She is also a member of the Parents magazine advisory board.

Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of
Psychology at the California State
University at Stanislaus, has served as a project director and co-principle investigator for several longitudinal research projects funded by the National Institutes of
Health and the Kellogg Foundation.
She currently serves as president of
Baby Signs, Inc., an infant and toddler educational products company.

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Baby Signs: How to Talk with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I almost ordered this book from the on-line store, but instead went to an actual store because I was excited and wanted to get it immediately. I am so glad that I did. It has a section on 'suggested signs' but it did not seem to cover ASL. Upon closer inspection, it seemed to be making up your own language. I instead purchased Sign with Your Baby by Joseph Garcia and am much happier with this purchase. I am not saying this is not a good book. It may very well be. But for those of us who want to learn and teach our infants ASL, the title and information is very misleading.
JIBMA More than 1 year ago
I'd heard of the benefits of signing for babies from another book by the same authors, Baby Minds. They cited research showing so many benefits to signing, I had to try it. There are plenty of places on-line to learn signs, and you can really just make it up as you go along, but I found that the book was helpful in getting me really started. It's also great for tips on how to use communication with your baby to your advantage, like (and it should've been obvious to me) potty-training earlier. I only wish I'd read this book sooner, but after only about a month, my now ten-month old is telling me when he's hungry for food, when he wants to nurse, and when not to take him off of the potty because he's not quite done. Maybe that doesn't sound like much, but I have a feeling it's only the beginning, and this little bit is already extremely helpful... as well as super-cute to see.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I took a child psychology class by the author and after seeing her research, I knew I wanted to do baby signs with my child. It has made communicating with my little one so much easier and more fulfilling. With baby signs, I am able to understand my son before he can talk.
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KJVB More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in being able to communicate with your child sooner, rather than later, this is a must have! This book helped me through the tantrum and screaming stages of my toddler, who was also speech delayed. I don't know what I would have done without it! I HIGHLY recommend this book to any parent who would like to be able to understand their child before they can tell you what is wrong. It even helps to better understand the body language of all children.
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supernanna More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my daughter to use with my granddaughter. We have both ended up reading it and my granddaughter, who is now 17 mo. old, knows over 10 signs and can really communicate with the family. Her 7 hr. old big sister and 2 young cousins (8 and 9) have both picked up the signs also and really enjoy using them to "talk" to her.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Baby Signs is clearly designed to be a first introduction to the concept of signing with young children. The book has 162 pages. The first 109 pages are a conceptual introduction to signing with infants. In this conceptual introduction, the authors: (1) describe through examples how babies naturally use familiar gestures to communicate (e.g. waving ¿bye-bye¿ or using the motion from the Itsy Bitsy Spider when they see a spider), (2) provide anecdotes about how they observed their own children using ¿signs¿ before actually trying to sign with them, and (3) thoroughly describe the results of their research program on the use of sign language with children. The basic results of their studies were that signing speeded up the ability to communicate by 6 to 18 months, that signing increased the rate of subsequent verbal communication, and that signing had long-term positive impact on IQ and language ability. This is done with many examples of children and families in their study, so it is very engaging. The final 53 pages include (1) responses to specific questions many parents have asked about the process of signing with children, (2) illustrations of 53 signs, and (3) Rhymes that can be used to teach children signs. I read this book when my daughter was 3 months old, and I knew very little about the topic except that signing with babies was a new trend. As I read the touching examples of other parents using signs with their children, I often found myself with tears in my eyes as I imagined being able to have meaningful communication with my daughter far before I¿d ever imagined. This book created a vivid and personal picture of how signing could create a better relationship with my daughter. The research results it described also allowed me to respond confidently to questions from my parents and others about how signing would impact the acquisition of verbal communication. In fact, we purchased this book for my parents and my in-laws and all enjoyed it. We began signing with our daughter when she was about 9 months old. By the time she was 1 year, we had outgrown the Baby Signs book and found we needed more specific examples of signs in order to keep up with her. At this point, we purchased Joseph Garcia¿s Sign with Your Baby. Sign With Your Baby has a much more complete set of illustrated signs, with most of its text devoted to this. Although Sign With Your Baby had some of the conceptual introduction of Baby Signs, it read much more like a reference book and was less personal. In conclusion, Baby Signs and Sign With Your Baby fill two very different needs. If you know very little about the concept of signing with children, buy Baby Signs. If you are looking for a great baby gift, buy Baby Signs. If you are signing with your child and want the grandparents to buy into the concept, buy Baby Signs. If you are already sold on the idea of signing and want an excellent reference with many illustrations of signs, buy Sign with Your Baby. An additional suggestion is to buy an overall ASL signing book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I started using Baby Signs when our son was 9 months old. Though my husband was skepticle at first, he was soon convinced that this is one of the best tools available to both parents and their children! It helped us to see just how much our baby understood about the world around him, and made communicating fun. We give this book to all our friends having babies!!