Benefits of the Baby Signs® Program

Over two decades of Baby Signs® research has shown that these proven benefits affect different areas of a child’s development. Using the Baby Signs® Program stimulates:

Benefits for Cognitive Development:

Using the Baby Signs® Program Stimulates Intellectual Development!

Baby Signs® babies are busily using their signs to learn about the world while children scored well above their non-signing peers are still waiting for the words they need to do the same. For example, a Baby Signs® baby may label a piece of broccoli with a sign for "flower" while smiling quizzically, essentially asking, "It looks like a flower, but what is it really?" We now know that all this early learning pays off down the road. When Linda and Susan revisited the children from their government-funded study of the Baby Signs® Program after the children had finished in cognitive tests well into the second grade , they found that those who had used signs when they were babies had higher IQs than those who had not.

Benefits for Language Development:

Using the Baby Signs® Program Makes Learning To Talk Easier!

Some parents worry that encouraging their child to use signs might slow down learning to talk. Actually, the opposite is true! With the help of a large grant from the federal government, Linda and Susan were able to show that using the Baby Signs® Program actually helps babies learn to talk. Just as a child who learns to crawl is more, rather than less motivated to learn to walk, so also a child who learns to sign more, rather than less motivated to learn to talk!

The groundbreaking research completed by Baby Signs® authors Drs. Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn showed extensive benefits for language development including:

By the time they were 2 years-old, Baby Signs® babies had significantly larger vocabularies than their non-signing peers.

By the time they were three years old, their language skills were more like that of their four year-old peers.

Baby Signs® Benefits for Social-Emotional development:

Reduces tears, tantrums, and frustration.

By the time babies are 9 to 10 months old, they are quite capable of knowing what it is they need or want. What they don't know is how to tell us with words - which leads directly to frustration for baby and parent alike. All this changes when a baby is able to use signs. With signs like "thirsty," "hungry," "hot," and "cold" – and many, many others- at their disposal, babies can make their needs known quickly and quietly without resorting to tantrums and tears. No wonder "Decreased frustration!" is the answer we most frequently get when we ask how using the Baby Signs® Program has changed daily life.
Allows babies to share their worlds.

Just because babies don't talk doesn't mean they aren't paying attention to the world around them. Babies are seeing things, thinking things, even remembering things -- and with signs at their command, all this needn't remain their secret.

Parents of Baby Signs® babies quickly learn to see the world through their baby's eyes and appreciate in a whole new way what an amazing world it is!

Using the Baby Signs® Program boosts self-esteem and self-confidence.

What good self-esteem boils down to for any of us is the sense that we are perceived as competent and praiseworthy in both our own eyes and in the eyes of those we love. And that's just what the ability to use signs yields. Because they can communicate effectively with their caregivers, and because their caregivers respond so positively to these communications, Baby Signs® babies develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments that is wonderful to see.
Using the Baby Signs® Program strengthens the parent-child bond.

Because Baby Signs® babies are able to communicate effectively with their caregivers, the number of negative interactions goes down and the number of positive interactions goes up. In other words, being together is a lot more fun when baby and caregiver can truly understand each other.

With signs, even very young children can "tell" their caregivers that they just saw a caterpillar, that they hear a dog barking, or that a bird just flew away.

They can let their caregivers know whether they are happy, sad, or even afraid.

In other words, life with a Baby Signs® baby becomes a shared life --and with greater sharing comes a stronger, sweeter caregiver-infant bond.

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