Thursday, November 18, 2010

American Academy of Pediatrics Gives Signing a "Thumbs Up"!

Well, we're back! After a busy 6 months focusing our attention on working with the Department of Defense and other agencies to bring the benefits of the Baby Signs Program into infant/toddler classrooms, we're recommitting ourselves to sharing information--not only about signing, but also about other important areas of development--with moms and dads looking for guidance as they meet the many challenges of being parents.

This information will often come in the form of brief parenting tips--that is, simple activities that can help you foster the development of specific talents, attitudes, or traits in your child.

But our very first message now that we're back is the exciting news that the American Academy of Pediatrics has formally endorsed signing as a valuable way to enrich your relationship with your child. Here's what they have to say:

"Infant sign language really does deliver on its promise of improved communication. . . It's easy to see why so many parents swear by it, why child care centers include it in their infant and toddler classrooms, and why it has become so commonplace as an activity of daily learning." (AAP's Heading Home with Your Newborn, 2011, pp. 173-174.

We are absolutely thrilled that it is our federally-funded research showing the positive effects of signing that has led to this recognition by the AAP. And to think it all started when I noticed my 12-month-old daughter making up her own sign for flower back in 1982. From that to a world-wide movement! Wow!

(To read our actual research papers, visit and click on "PARENTS." )

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