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Talk with your baby BEFORE your baby learns to talk!

Have you ever wondered what your baby is thinking? Or why your baby is crying? The Baby Signs® Program teaches babies to use simple, easy-to-do gestures for communicating with their parent and caregivers. These gestures or "signs" represent an item or concept, "cat," "eat," or "all gone."

Using signs gives babies a way to "talk" with their parents before they can talk. Babies can communicate about the world around them long before they have mastered their verbal speaking skills.

Babies and toddlers often use signs as a natural part of the communication process. Many babies know how to wave "bye-bye" or use a headshake to mean "no". The Baby Signs® Program can help your baby use lots of other gestures to communicate just as easily as these more common "signs".

About the Baby Signs® Program

The Baby Signs® Program helps children develop both language and cognitive skills. Babies who sign are able to develop speech sooner and long-term studies show these early skills can translate into better grades.

The Baby Signs® Program is based on the ground breaking research of Drs. Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn, professors of Psychology and Child Development, which began an international movement to teach hearing babies to use signs. After 20 years of careful study funded by the National Institutes of Health, they proved that using signs enhances language, cognitive, and social-emotional development.

The Baby Signs® Program is the original sign language program for hearing babies. The publication of Baby Signs written by Drs. Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn in 1996 was the catalyst for the development of the infant sign language movement, and it is an international bestseller that is currently available in 14 languages. The Baby Signs® Programs is a program that can be used anywhere in the world as it features universal signs. With over 500 top-notch Instructors in the U.S., Canada, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Japan and New Zealand, the Baby Signs® Program has more instructors than any other program.

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.

The Baby Signs Program

On The Grow Program™

These are new classes that cover topics and ages well beyond the focus of their traditional signing agenda. The new program, called "On the Grow", offers fun and exciting classes for parents and children (from birth to age 5) to enjoy together. Meet other families while discovering easy ways to make the most of your child's earliest years, all in the context of delightful games, songs, and activities. Delivered by On The Grow Educators. these short 45 minute classes go beyond signing to draw from Dr. Linda Acredolo and Dr. Susan Goodwyn's other two best-selling parenting books, Baby Minds and Baby Hearts, with topics as diverse as "tummy time" for infants and nature themes for preschoolers.