About the Baby Signs® Program

Have you ever wondered what your baby is thinking?

scooter with duckBabies have the gift of curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. What if you were able to understand what your baby was thinking about, and provide an enriching interaction based on that knowledge? The Baby Signs® Program allows you to do just that!

Babies can learn and use simple hand gestures, or sign language, to communicate what they need, what they want or what they see as young as 5 months old. Imagine if your 6 month old told you she wanted to nurse without crying, or your 11 month old told you he saw a dog across the street without grunting, or your 14 month old told you the sidewalk was too hot for her bare feet without screaming!

This basic ability to communicate before talking gives babies a great boost to their self-esteem, helps parents and caregivers appreciate the intelligence of their babies, and can dramatically reduce the frustration that parents and babies experience when communication is difficult. The founders of the Baby Signs® Program, Dr. Linda Acredolo and Dr. Susan Goodwyn, have completed intensive research that demonstrates using signs with pre-verbal babies helps them learn to talk and gives them a jumpstart to their intellectual development in addition to other Benefits.

Why not give your baby the gift of communication?

Baby Signs®, the ORIGINAL sign language program for hearing babies, has been bringing powerful, research-proven benefits to babies and their families around the world for over 25 years. The Baby Signs® Program is the world's leading program for hearing infants and toddlers because it is the only program that:

  • Was developed by child development experts specifically for hearing babies.
  • Has been scientifically tested and proven to provide positive benefits for babies and their families.
  • Is based on American Sign Language with added flexibility to meet the needs of all families.
  • Offers a full range of signing classes for babies, parents and child development centers.

The Baby Signs® Program helps children develop both language and cognitive skills. Studies show that babies who sign actually develop speech sooner and have larger vocabularies when they do start talking. The Baby Signs® Program is based on groundbreaking research which began an international movement to teach hearing babies to use signs. After 20 years of careful study, researchers proved that using signs actually enhances language, cognitive, and social-emotional development. Click here to read more about this exciting research . The Baby Signs Institute offers parent workshops and classes to teach parents how to use the Baby Signs® Program at home. To find out more about classes and products, please look through our website or send us an email with your questions. You can also visit our benefits page for more information about the Baby Signs® Program and the research behind it.

Not sure how to get started?

The Baby Signs® Program offers parent workshops and play classes through Independent Certified Instructors across the world. Parent Workshop ImageThese fun and interactive classes teach everything needed to start signing with your baby, and give you the benefit of a one-on-one consultation with an experienced instructor.

If you are new to signing with your baby, unable to attend a class or do not have an instructor in your area, become a Baby Signs® Independent Certified Instructor. Visit our Teach Baby Signs® page to learn how easy it is to get started.

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Signing in Child Care

Signing with babies is growing in popularity among directors of child care programs. To service this trend, the Baby Signs® Program has developed an Early Childhood Educator Curriculum to help large and small child care providers incorporate signing into their classrooms. We are currently working with both Bright Horizons and Mini-Skools, two major child care corporations, to help them add the Baby Signs® Program to their curricula.

Baby Signs® & Bilingualism

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 language to the child while the other parent speaks a second. In other cases, both parents may speak the same language to the child while a trusted caregiver (grandmother or nanny) speaks another. So, what happens if we add signing to the mix? Will it just add to the child’s confusion?

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