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Signing Smart with Babies and Toddlers: A Parent's Strategy and Activity Guide

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A Fun, Easy Way to Talk with Your Baby

Babies can communicate with their hands long before they can speak. Using American Sign Language (ASL), Dr. Michelle Anthony and Dr. Reyna Lindert have created the simple and successful Signing Smart system to teach parents how to integrate signing into everyday life with their hearing children. Through the more than seventy activities
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Feb 01, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
Derek and I have been doing some research on signing with babies. I checked out a book from the library, Signing Smart with Babies and Toddlers, and am feeling pretty excited about it. A lot of people hesitate to sign with their babies because they don’t see the need when they can provide a rich spoken language experience. In other words, why should I sign with my child when I can speak to him? But according to these authors, signing is an excellent supplement to verbal communication. Babies are ...more
May 14, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing
Hands down my favorite baby signing book. The first chapter is an invaluable resource in making baby signing tangible, realistic, fun, and spelled-out! I love that the book is not just anecdotal like so many parenting books, but it actually has science and research backing its language development theories and methods. I also like its realistic approach and fun suggestions for games and routines to help make signing and life with a baby/toddler fun! My favorite theory in the book is the importan ...more
Mar 26, 2010 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I'm convinced that this is the best book available for learning to communicate with your baby. My daughter is a very social baby, but I was signing to her and not really getting anything back. I skimmed this book for pointers, and came out feeling so much better and more educated about the whole process. I don't think I'll ever read the whole book; like a lot of parent-oriented nonfiction, it's got a lot of repetition, unnecessary explanation, and self-promotional fluff, but with that said, I fu ...more
Dec 21, 2007 Amber rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all parents
Brilliant!! A great guide to parents who want to introduce sign language to their children, whether the parent already knows sign or not. I do, and still wanted a strategy guide, and this is it! it gives you great tips on what to introduce when and why, how many signs to introduce at a time, and what you can reasonably expect from your child. The best part is that it encourages you to use actual ASL signs instead of making stuff up, so that your baby can communicate with other signing babies- wh ...more
Feb 23, 2008 Paige rated it liked it
The annoying part of this book is how they make signing with your baby sound like it's their idea. Their techniques are great, but pretty universal. But it was nice to read the tips that they mentioned, especially the "this is happening, what should I do?" questions from parents. Also, the interesting part of this book is that it has an idea section--how to incorporate signing into bath time, etc.
Aug 20, 2008 Chase rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents with babies
I got this book at a Signing Smart Workshop I attended in the Spring. I like the way the book is set up - first it gives the theory, then the research and finally the application. I especially appreciate the picture dictionary for the signs since I am a visual learner. We've now started this signing process with my real opinion of the book...will have to get back to you on that.
Mar 23, 2014 Lacey rated it it was ok
Shelves: asl
Eh...not my favorite! It's better if books SHOW what they are talking about not just throw up a bunch of words, especially when it comes to teaching American Sign Language or in the case Baby Sign Language. So yea not my favorite.
Mar 06, 2009 Alissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting
I really liked the facts that this book gave to why signing with your kids is a good idea. It also gave a step by step approach of when you should see your child start to sign back. I read it before Ava was born, so it really convinced me that this is what I wanted to do, and it has been great!
Oct 21, 2009 Kristi rated it liked it
Wish I read this when I got it 6 months ago, maybe Hannah would be signing by now. But you can't do everything.
Mar 30, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it
Invaluable, my 10 year old was a baby when we were involved in this book. She grew to use sign to communicate with Michelle's help.
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Feb 12, 2008 Emalia Tillotson rated it liked it
Great if you can actually apply yourself enough to memorize the signs yourself and then actually use them in everyday life. I found it challenging and didn't really get into it.
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Michelle Anthony, M.A., Ph.D. is a child development researcher and educator. She is a co-founder of Wide-Eyed Learning, LLC, which teaches parents and educators the Signing Smart approach to using ASL signs with hearing babies and toddlers. She lives with her husband and signing children in Centennial, Colorado.
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