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How to "talk" with your baby before your baby can talk.


Benefits

Benefits of signing with a hearing baby are:
  • Reduces frustration and builds trust
  • Allows babies to share their worlds
  • Strengthens the parent/infant bond
  • Reveals how smart babies really are
  • Promotes positive emotional development
  • Boosts babies' self confidence
  • Helps babies learn to talk
  • Jumpstarts intellectual development

Research

Dr. Linda Acredolo and Dr. Susan Goodwyn, the founders of the Baby Signs® Program put two decades of research into the concept of teaching signs to hearing babies. Together they wrote three books and started the Baby Signs Institute so people can start their own business to teach classes.

Their largest study was funded by NIH (National Institutes of Health). Read the complete details and supporting documentation here.
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Class Locations

Currently teaching in north and central Austin, Cedar Park and Pflugerville. Locations change periodically for play classes, tummy time and sibling classes but locations are included with full details about a class under the calendar tab.

Don't see a class at a time or location you want but are interested? Contact Tina to see if it can be taught at your home or another location or time that works for you.

Have a business with an extra room that isn't being used yet or has time slot openings? Contact Tina to talk about your rental fees.

When Will My Baby Sign Back To Me?

Lots of variables affect when a baby will sign back to parents modeling the signs to them but Dr. Acredolo and Dr. Goodwyn say it averages around 12 months. How much repetition babies see, how old they are (more modeling is needed for younger babies), and their individual temperament will all affect when a baby will begin modeling the signs they are taught. Think of how many times a parent shows a baby how to wave "bye bye". Signing is like that. Older babies (over 12 months) will pick up the signs quicker than ones who start earlier but like we said above, it depends on your baby. So it's never too early or too late to start!

What About Late Talkers?

Signing with a hearing baby won't make a late-talker begin talking earlier. However, having a few signs to help them communicate until they do begin talking is very advantageous. Then when the do begin talking, they will quickly catch up to their speaking peers with the additional cognitive advantages of being able to communicate sooner that the other signing babies/toddlers/children enjoy.

Upcoming Events


Book People Story Time
(Sea Creatures)
 Wed., July 5th
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Join Tina and BeeBo™ the Baby Signs® Bear for a fun story time at one of the coolest bookstores in Austin!
Learn the ASL signs for some interesting sea creatures and enjoy books and songs and activities to help reinforce the signs.
Come out and play then stay awhile at the best book store children's department around!
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