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
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpfulBy Susan Wall on July 8, 2009 Format: Paperback
The book is so reader-friendly you don't want to put it down, just like the author's other books Baby Hearts and Baby Minds. I have practiced sign language and taught classes for over 25 years to adults and teens, but never until I learned about Baby Signs, did I ever think about using sign language with babies. I am teaching my 13 month old granddaughter sign language. She can speak 4 words, mommy, daddy, Nana and flag. She knows 12 signs and can use them so that everyone knows what she wants. Friends are so surprised to see such a small baby signing. When you see her face fill with pride when she realizes that we understand her is worth the world. The glossary at the end of the book is wonderful, with 150 ASL signs and it includes 35 classic "baby-friendly" alternatives. I recommend this book to anyone who has contact with babies, grandparents, child care providers and of course parents. What a great baby shower gift!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpfulBy Jayme on July 2, 2009 Format: Paperback
I am mother to a hearing twenty one month old and we started signing with him at about 6 months of age. We own both the 2nd and 3rd edition of this book and both are worth every penny!! A couple of highlights of this 3rd edition include using sign language for potty training and the expanded Baby Signs dictionary. We are incorporating the "new" signs from this book as we venture into potty training ourselves, we are also learning our colors and working on the alphabet. Since we have been using sign language with him for so long we have found our son learns to say words quickly after learning the sign. For example, he started saying "red" a day after he learned the sign for red, same with blue, yellow and green.
This book is a must have for all parents looking to communicate with their pre-verbal babies, for families who are potty training, and those who love teaching their children something new.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpfulBy Mom of Three on April 3, 2009 Format: Paperback
I just got the new edition and I love it! Easy to read. Great new applications (potty training). And as a former teacher...I loved the flexibility of both the ASL and baby friendly signs and knowing why signing is a good thing for babies. I really believe this has something for every young family no matter which signs they choose to use! The expanded ASL dictionary in the back of the book is wonderful. I can't wait to get my FREE DVD- ASL dictionary.
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