The Secret to Communicating With Babies!

baby sign language classes bend oregonCommunicating with babies just got a whole lot easier!

Communicating with babies is of utmost importance, especially in the early years.  Babies have a lot to say and just can’t wait to tell everyone around them all about how they feel, what they see and even what they need. But before babies fully form their vocal cords and are able to create the words that they are thinking, they are very limited in ways to express themselves. This can be extremely frustrating for both baby and parent. Fortunately, there is a way to teach babies to communicate before they can talk, reducing many tantrums and tears by using elementary signs that are easy and fun to learn! Baby sign language is a great way for infants to communicate with those around them at as early as 8 months old! Communicating with babies through sign language has proven to be very rewarding.

Child development specialists Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn discovered the importance of communicating with babies and have been bringing powerful, research-proven benefits to babies and their families around the world for over 25 years through the Baby Signs® Program. Their National Institutes of Health research has shown that the Baby Signs® Program:

  • reduces frustration and builds trust
  • jumpstarts intellectual development
  • promotes positive emotional development
  • strengthens the parent/infant bond
  • helps babies learn to talk sooner

The Baby Signs® Program offers a couple of exciting ways to get started with baby sign language workshops and classes:

Baby Signs® Parent Workshops

This one-time prefatory workshop teaches parents everything they need to know to get started with the Baby Signs® Program. Parents will learn:

  • how to establish signing with their baby
  • practical ways to begin teaching signs at home
  • easy ways to use signs in day-to-day routines
  • what to expect as their baby progresses from signs to speech

In this workshop, parents will learn what the Baby Signs® program is all about, the benefits of signing with their child and the most effective ways to teach their babies to sign. Parents will also learn the most useful signs in communicating with babies and fun ways to teach them, therefore keeping sign language toddlers attention resulting in the best learning experience possible.

Baby Signs® Sign, Say & Play™ Classes

This play class meets once a week for 6 consecutive weeks, focusing on different themes for parents and babies which:

  • highlights signs that are most significant in the lives of babies
  • introduces play activities that support important language, cognitive and social- emotional skills
  • teaches signing through fun games with BeeBo™ the Baby Signs® Bear
  • provides signing practice through enjoyable Baby Signs® songs
  • brings families together to share their signing experiences

In this 6 week series of classes parents and babies will learn a total of 37 beneficial signs that are taught using fun songs, books and activities. Additionally, parents will learn helpful tools to incorporate through purposeful play that will jump start their baby’s intellectual development as documented in Dr. Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn’s second parenting book, Baby Minds: Brain Building Games Your Baby Will Love.

To enroll in the Baby Signs® Program, please contact an Independent Certified Instructor in your area today!

Here’s to your signing success!

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Gaining a Window into Your Baby’s Mind

By Linda Acredolo, PhD. and Susan Goodwyn, PhD.

There’s nothing more heart-wrenching than hearing your baby cry and not knowing what’s wrong. Unfortunately, until they can talk, babies are literally “at a loss for words” when it comes to telling us what’s going on with them and how best we can help. At least that used to be the case. Now, thanks to a new approach to infant communication we call the Baby Signs® Program, children don’t have to wait until they can talk to let us know what’s on their minds.

What Is On Their Minds?

Just because babies can’t talk doesn’t mean they don’t have lots to say. Especially as they approach their first birthdays, babies understand a good deal about the world and even a great many of the words adults use to talk about it. “Go get your diaper, Taylor,” and 12-month-old Taylor happily toddles off and grabs a diaper. “Time for your bath, Mason,” and 13-month-old Mason heads to the bathroom as fast as his wobbly legs can carry him.

But ask Taylor or Mason why they are crying, and although they understand the question and know full well what the answer is, all they can do is cry harder. The problem is with the painstakingly slow development of the ability to produce words. To say even a simple word like “milk” or “juice” requires the intricate sequencing of a complex assortment of tiny muscles. The task is particularly challenging because at birth, Taylor and Mason’s vocal tract more closely resembles that of a chimpanzee than an adult human’s!

The Baby-Created Solution

Fortunately, babies are a good deal more adept at controlling the movement of other parts of their bodies – and they know it!  As our research studies in the mid-1980s documented, in their desperation to communicate, many babies spontaneously create gestural symbols or “signs” to stand for the things they want to talk about. They may emphatically blow-blow-blow when their food or bath water is too hot, delightedly pant-pant-pant to let you know they see a dog, or even combine the pant-pant-pant with a knob-turning gesture to tell you the family dog wants to go out!  All of these are self-created “signs” we saw babies using in their desperation to find a way around the frustrating barrier of not being able to talk. In fact, the very first baby we saw do this was Linda’s own 12-month-old daughter, Kate, way back in 1982. The sniff-sniff-sniff she adopted to label flowers was what set this whole signing movement in motion!

Making It Easy for Babies

Once you know that babies are eager to use simple gestures to stand for things, the natural next step is to make it easy for them by purposefully modeling signs for things they are likely to want to talk about — like they are hungry, thirsty, or want more; like their bathwater or food is too hot: like they hear a dog barking or an airplane flying overhead. Providing sign suggestions and tips for teaching is what the Baby Signs® Program is all about. Drawing on simple signs from American Sign Language (ASL), as well as a few baby-created suggestions, we’ve designed wonderful resources and fun classes that can make learning signs a breeze for everyone in the family.

But Will They Learn to Talk?

“If you encourage a baby to use signs, won’t that slow down learning to talk? If she can get what she wants with signs, why bother to learn words?” It’s the most common concern we hear parents voice and it’s the specific question we have worked very hard over many years to answer. With the help of a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), we carefully compared signing babies to non-signing babies from the same communities on standardized tests of verbal language development. What did we find? In test after test the signers were more advanced than the non-signers in language skills. They were learning to talk sooner, not later! Here’s how we like to explain it:  Just as crawling doesn’t slow down walking, signing doesn’t slow down talking. In fact, it adds to a baby’s enthusiasm for doing so.  We’ve even discovered that the children who had used signs as infants scored significantly higher than the non-signers on IQ tests at age 8!

More Important Benefits

As glad as we were to discover that signing had such positive effects on learning to talk and on intellectual development, we believe very strongly that the most important benefits are emotional ones. As you will soon discover for yourself as you open this window into your baby’s mind, when you truly understand and communicate with someone, you feel more connected. Here are just a few of the specific ways this sense of connection benefits families…

Using signs with a baby….

  • REDUCES tears, tantrums, and frustration
  • ALLOWS babies to express needs and share their worlds
  • ENRICHES interactions between adults and babies and strengthens the parent-child bond
  • REVEALS how smart babies are and increases parents’ respect for them
  • HELPS BUILD babies’ self-confidence and self-esteem

Who wouldn’t want these things for their baby? Who wouldn’t want to make even sweeter this magical time when babies are discovering the wonders of the world around them? That’s why all of us at Baby Signs® are so dedicated to helping families experience these joys – and more – for themselves.

For more information about Baby Signs® Programs and resources available to make signing fun and easy, visit us at www.babysigns.com.  Locally, you can contact:

Mary Cascio

Independent Certified Instructor

541-241-8656

info@babysignsbymary.com

Copyright @ 2005 Baby Signs, Inc.

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Two Dr. Moms Say Later Potty Training Spells Trouble for Children, Parents, and Environment

October 2, 2008                                

As seen on CBS “The Doctors”

Two Dr. Moms Say Later Potty Training Spells Trouble for Children, Parents, and Environment

Potty Training in the United States is being completed later and later due in large part to the convenience of the disposable diaper—which now come in sizes large enough to accommodate 5- to 6-year-old children. The problem with this trend is that later training is more difficult for parents, creates emotional and health problems for children, and contributes billions of pounds of unnecessary diapers to our landfills. Developmental Psychologists Dr. Linda Acredolo and Dr. Susan Goodwyn are endeavoring to reverse this trend with a innovative new approach that makes it not only possible, but fun and easy, to start potty training as early as 12 months.

Startling Trend towards Later Training

Up until the 1960s, 95% percent of all children were potty trained by the age of 18 months. Since the advent of the disposable diaper, the average age of potty training in the United States has risen to 37 months—an all-time historical high. Moreover, the trend towards later potty training is likely to continue given the recent release of size 7 diapers for children over 40 pounds, the average weight of a 5- to 6-year-old.

Later Training Is Problematic for Parents and Children

Since the 1960s, diaper companies have actively promoted a ‘modern approach’ to potty training in which parents are advised to wait until their child is “ready”—age 2½ or 3 years—to even start potty training. This advice implies that later potty training will be easier, with children practically training themselves. However, according to Drs. Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn, potty training after age 2 is actually more difficult. Why? Because, as the term “the terrible twos “implies, this is an age when children begin to say “No!” to everything. As a result, potty training all too often becomes a battle of wills, especially because eliminating in a diaper has become a well-ingrained habit that’s hard to break and also because parents, frantic over looming preschool deadlines, frequently resort to pressure tactics.  There are other consequences of late training as well, according to Dr. Goodwyn.  “After age 2, children develop the ability to experience shame and embarrassment about bodily functions which can lead to emotional problems such as low self-esteem.” In addition, pediatric urologists have begun to report an increase in the number of children with urinary tract infections and chronic constipation which research is showing is related to later potty training.

Later Training Is Bad for the Environment

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 7.26 billion pounds of disposable diapers end up in US landfills every year, with each diaper estimated to take up to 500 years to decompose.  According to the National Geographic documentary “Human Footprint,” manufacturing a year’s worth of diapers for a single baby requires 759 pints of crude oil, 286 pounds of plastic, and 1.8 large trees. What’s more, laid end to end, the number of diapers used in one year in the United States alone (18 billion) would circle the world 90 times!  While some parents believe that changing to cloth diapers alleviates the negative impact on the environment, many experts cite serious concerns about the increased use of energy, water and chemicals required for laundering cloth diapers. Clearly, decreasing a child’s stay in diapers would have a significant and very positive impact on the environment.

New Approach Aims to Reverse Trend

Concerned about the detrimental effects of later and later potty training, Acredolo and Goodwyn began a 2-year investigation of potty training practices and concluded that the ideal age for potty training is between 12 and 24 months. “Because this is a time when verbal language is limited,” says Dr. Acredolo, “and because effective communication is important to successful potty training, we saw a natural role for infant sign language. By using a few simple potty-time signs, babies can easily tell their parents they need to go potty even before they can talk.” Acredolo and Goodwyn’s Potty Training Made Easy with the Baby Signs® Program is an innovative approach that makes it not only possible, but easy, for parents to start and finish potty training their child by age 2.

Success at Any Age

The Potty Training Made Easy with the Baby Signs® Program has been field tested by parents with children from 9 months to 3 years across the country with great success. Using a child-focused approach emphasizing the potty-time routine, a highly motivating DVD, board book, stickers, and a train conductor’s, children of all ages are getting “On Board the Potty Train.”  According to Jennifer Macris, mother of five, “I potty trained my four older children before using this program with my youngest son, and I can definitely say that this is the most fun and effective program out there.”

For more information, an e-press kit or program sample, contact Linda Easton, Baby Signs, Inc.

 lindae@babysigns.com or visit www.pottytrainwithbabysigns.com

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May 2009: New Edition of Baby Signs Released: Sneak Peek!

Preface

Over the past two decades we have introduced hundreds of thousands of parents, teachers, and pediatricians to the advantages of the Baby Signs Program. Invariably, the response is amazement at the simplicity of what we are advocating and enthusiasm once they learn of the many benefits signing can bring to babies and their families. Even our most vocal skeptics are easily won over once they see a baby signing, purposefully communicating to her mom that she wants a cracker, needs more juice, is feeling too hot or sees a bird up in the tree. It is amazing what little hands and minds can do if given the tools (signs) they need to “tell” us what they know. But where did our own enthusiasm come from? Who convinced us that signs were indeed something special?

How the Baby Signs Program Began

It started on a summer day in 1982 when Linda and her twelve-month-old daughter, Kate, were out in the garden. Enchanted by the colorful blooms all around her, Kate pointed to a rose bush, wrinkled up her nose, and sniffed repeatedly. Life with children often slows parents down long enough to “smell the roses,” and Linda had often picked them for Kate to smell, all the while saying things like “See the flower, Kate! See the pretty flower!” Clearly, Kate remembered the connection between the sniffing action and the object, and she trusted that the adults around her would, too. For the rest of the day Kate continued wrinkling her nose and sniffing—her sign—for all kinds of flowers, in the house, on her clothes, and in pictures in her books. Kate continued to borrow or create signs for other things she wanted to talk about, like fish, elephants, monkeys, swings, slides, and balls. It wasn’t until two weeks later that we realized the significance of what Kate was doing.

Out of Our Living Room, into Our Laboratory

As child development researchers, the whole experience left us eager to see if other infants were using signs, too. To find the answer, we began systematically interviewing parents to find out if their babies spontaneously created signs, as Kate had done. Within days of starting our interviews, the answer was clear. Not only did many parents give us examples of signs their babies were using, but the babies themselves would occasionally interrupt our visit to “talk” to Mom, including a sign or two in the process.

We learned a great deal from these families, and the more we learned, the more convinced we became that, in their eagerness to communicate, babies creating signs is not an unusual occurrence in day-to-day family life. Many babies spontaneously seem to develop at least a few signs beyond the universal bye-bye, yes, and no, usually sometime between nine and twenty-four months. We also noticed that some babies take to the idea with particular enthusiasm, creating an impressive variety of signs for favorite objects and important needs. Invariably, these babies had families who shared their enthusiasm and encouraged the signing. Moreover, it tended to be the case that the more signs an infant used, the faster that child learned to talk. This was our best clue yet about the effect of the Baby Signs Program on spoken language development. Signing seemed, if anything, to speed up the process.

It was at this point that we knew we needed to figure out a way to help babies along. Thus, we began encouraging parents to purposefully teach their babies a few more signs to help them communicate their basic needs, feelings and interests—anything their babies wanted or needed to “talk” about—until they could talk well enough to communicate with words. And thus, the Baby Signs Program was born!

The Original Baby Signs Program

The Baby Signs Program began with baby-created signs—simple movements and gestures that babies themselves took from their routine experiences with the people and things around them. Drawing from songs, games or playful interactions with toys and other objects, babies were finding ways to “talk” before they could talk. For example, several babies we observed twisted their index fingertips together to label spiders—real spiders, pictures of spiders and even plastic toy spiders. What these babies had in common, we discovered, was the experience of learning the Eency Weency Spider song, along with the hand gestures that accompany key words, like “spider,” “rain” and “sun.” Other babies, we found, stuck their tongues our and “panted” to call their parents’ attention to dogs—clearly an imitation of what they saw real dogs doing. Creations such as these not only provided indisputable evidence of how smart babies are, they also showed just how strongly motivated babies are to communicate with the people around them.

In these early years, before signing with hearing babies was a well-accepted practice, some parents were reluctant to try signing because, as they told us, their babies were not Deaf. Their babies could hear just fine. At that time, prior to our efforts to get parents to use signs with their hearing babies, signing was seen only as a means of communication for the Deaf. On the other hand, parents were eager to try using signs that our research had shown came naturally for babies. So we provided parents with 50 “sign suggestions,” simple signs that we had seen babies in our research studies create. We also encouraged parents to watch for their own baby’s creations and to create signs themselves when the need arose. This first approach to helping parents get started with our Baby Signs Program became the heart of the first edition of this Baby Signs book. Published in 1996, it launched the extraordinary Baby Signs movement that has revolutionized the way today’s parents communicate with their babies before their babies can talk.

The Baby Signs Program Evolves

As signing with hearing babies became more and more popular, parents became eager to teach their babies more and more signs. As a way to expand their own signing repertoires, some parents turned to American Sign Language (ASL), the official language of the Deaf community, with its extensive vocabulary of established signs. We were thrilled to see parents so excited about enhancing their signing experiences and we continue to strongly support parents who want to teach their babies the signs of ASL.

To embrace parents’ enthusiastic response to signing, we revised the Baby Signs Program to increase the number of sign suggestions from 50 to 100—most of which (about 80%) were ASL signs, with the other 20% being either slightly modified ASL signs or alternative “baby-friendly” signs. Baby Signs, 2nd Edition, was published in 2002 to introduce this newly expanded program to parents throughout the world.

Signing with Hearing Babies—A Worldwide Movement

Little did we know in 1982, when this all began, that 25 years later the Baby Signs Program would become a worldwide movement. Baby Signs workshops, classes and trainings are now offered in over 40 countries and Baby Signs books and products have been translated into almost 20 different foreign languages. Throughout this amazing growth, our mission has always remained the same—to bring the benefits of the Baby Signs Program to as many families as possible.

To achieve our mission, we formed the Baby Signs Institute to continue our research on the ways in which the Baby Signs Program influences children’s development and to design curricula for signing workshops and classes. We now offer Baby Signs Parent Workshops to introduce parents to the benefits of signing with their babies, two 6-week sessions of Sign, Say & Play classes to give parents and babies fun and interactive ways to learn signs together, and an Early Childhood Educator Training to help child development centers incorporate the Baby Signs Program into their infant and toddler classrooms.

We also founded Baby Signs, Inc. to create developmentally appropriate books toys, music CDs, and videos for children and educational signing resources for parents and caregivers. A listing of these products, along with detailed descriptions and purchasing information is included in the back of this book.

We are especially proud of our Baby Signs DVDs. In moderate amounts and with developmentally appropriate content, videos can be a positive source of learning for young children. Our strategy in developing these videos was to keep the time short and the content high-quality and educational—including animated and real signing children from whom babies can learn to sign themselves. We have also made sure that the audio and visual elements of these DVDs are fun, engaging and, most of all, in tune with babies’ developing abilities. We have accomplished this through the use of 3-D animation, delightful puppets, happy babies, and careful attention to pacing and repetition.

The Baby Signs Program: Right for Every Family

Some families, we have found, want to teach their babies only ASL signs. Other families prefer a more flexible approach and choose to include a few modified ASL signs to make it easier for their babies’ little hands to master. And still other families really value the freedom to create signs that work best for their own babies—signs that their babies can easily do to communicate about things important in their own family’s daily interactions. Because we love helping all families find the best way for them to start signing with their babies, we must continually revise the Baby Signs Program in order to meet these families various needs.

Our major goal for this new edition is to introduce our new Baby Signs Program that now offers an all-ASL approach for the many families who want to introduce their child to this rich and vital language. At the same time, however, it also includes a set of baby-friendly alternative signs and strategies for including baby-created signs for those families who prefer a more flexible approach. In other words, the Baby Signs Program now meets the needs of all families so everyone can quickly and easily begin experiencing the joys that signing with their baby can bring.

This new edition has also provided us the opportunity to update the Baby Signs research sections, including exciting findings regarding signing and emotional development and the impact of the Baby Signs Program in child care centers and childhood enrichment programs. In fact, we have included a new appendix that describes what we know about using the Baby Signs Program in child development centers, the benefits specific to the children and teachers in child care programs and advice for helping your child’s center become a Certified Baby Signs Center.

And best of all, this new edition comes with a Free Offer for a copy of our newest Baby Signs Video Dictionary DVD, a $19.99 retail value. This instructional DVD includes demonstrations of 150 ASL signs and 35 baby-friendly signs, each easily accessible through just a touch of your remote control. Details for getting your free copy are included in the back of the book so be sure take advantage of this super teaching aid offer today.

It gives us great pleasure to bring this new edition to you, to share what we have learned through many years of study about communicating with babies, and to envision the look of sheer delight on your face when you see your baby make her first sign. Teaching your baby to sign is truly a gift—a gift from you to her that will serve her well for years to come.

Happy Signing,
Linda and Susan

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Signs of Illness: Can Babies Tell You When They Are Sick?

Vacaville, CA  09 September 2009

Summary: Infants and toddlers can tell their parents that they are feeling sick – even before they learn to talk. Teaching babies the American Sign Language signs for “hurt,” “hot,” and “cold” can help parents figure out what’s wrong when their child is sick or in pain.

With the H1N1 swine flu virus looming on the horizon this cold and flu season, parents of infants and toddlers are on the lookout for signs of illness.  But without the use of words, young children can’t tell their parents where it hurts. So when they are sick, parents are often in the dark. This year, child development experts, Dr. Linda Acredolo and Dr. Susan Goodwyn are encouraging parents to prepare for cold and flu season by teaching their child how to communicate about illnesses – without the use of words.

“Babies can use their hands to communicate before they learn to talk. This means that if a baby makes the sign for “hurt” next to his neck or in front of his ear, his parents know that it’s time to take him to see his pediatrician,” Acredolo explains. “On the other hand, if he signs “hurt” next to his foot, his parents can check his shoes to see if they are the cause of the pain.”

Signs are useful for communicating about small discomforts and illnesses at home. Dominique Lannon Fiegel inArlington,VAsays “I used signs with my children and it helps a lot with illness. My son at 11 months was able to sign “hot” to say he was too hot, so we could take off layers of clothes. My daughter, now 24 months, will sign “hurt” and point to her stomach, letting me know she has a tummy ache. It also helps them understand better when someone else is sick, I can sign when daddy is sick, and they understand.”

But signs have also proven to be crucial in emergency situations. Brenda Greengold inOrlando,FLsigned with her 14-month old son but didn’t realize how important it would be until he was admitted to the emergency room for lethargy, dehydration and a high fever.

“He needed fluids through an IV, and he was not cooperating. Finally, he succumbed. It broke my heart. After a while, he started to put his two index fingers together over and over. It was the sign for hurt. We had been working on this sign just a few weeks before, but I’d never seen him actually do it. I told him that I knew it hurt and it would be over soon, but he kept making the sign. Finally I reached over to check his IV and when I lifted the sleeve of his cover-up, to my surprise, his arm was twice the size of the other arm. The fluid was not reaching his vein, but was instead pooling in his arm under the skin. Although it wasn’t life-threatening, this was making my little boy extremely uncomfortable to say the least.”

Signs can also be useful in helping children understand and participate in healthy practices such as hand-washing. “In a day care center, germs can spread quickly. “This year with the threat of swine flu, it’s especially important to teach the sign for “wash” so children can initiate hand-washing even if their teacher or a parent forgets,” says Goodwyn.  “The sign helps children take responsibility for good health practices.”

Acredolo and Goodwyn recommend that parents start now to teach health and medical signs to their babies to help them:

  • Report how they are feeling (HOT, COLD, SICK)
  • Explain where they are feeling pain (HURT)
  • Know what to expect during a visit to the doctor (HELP, DOCTOR, MEDICINE)
  • Understand when pain will end when getting an immunization (ALL DONE)
  • Communicate about health-promoting activities (WASH)

To see a video dictionary of these health and medical signs online, visit www.babysigns.com.

About Dr. Linda Acredolo and Dr. Susan Goodwyn
Dr. Acredolo and Dr. Goodwyn have conducted over 30 years of scientific research in the field of infant development. Together, they have co-authored numerous publications in leading child developmental research journals and have written three best-selling books for parents:

Baby Signs: How to Talk With Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk

Baby Minds: Brain-Building Games Your Baby Will Love

Baby Hearts: A Guide to Giving Your Child an Emotional Head-Start

They are the co-founders of Baby Signs, Inc., a company dedicated to bringing the proven benefits of signing with hearing babies to families worldwide.

www.babysigns.com

Parent and Early Childhood Educator Resources:

To download this free printable health signs poster, go to:
https://www.babysigns.com/index.cfm?id=120

To download this free informational flyer about health signs, go to:

http://www.babysigns.com/pdf/BabySigns_Health.pdf

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Navy Child Development Programs Teach “Baby Signs”

Navy Child Development Programs Teach “Baby Signs”
Story Number: NNS070315-07
3/15/2007From Fleet and Family Readiness Marketing, Commander, Navy Installations Command

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — Naval Installation Command’s Fleet and Family Readiness division began piloting a “Baby Signs” program at 11 Navy child development centers in January to teach infants how to express their needs and desires using simplified sign language.

“Baby Signs is the world’s leading sign language program for hearing babies,” said Larrié Rodriguez, Child and Youth Programs training and communications manager. “Signing builds relationships between teachers and families, promotes effective communication with and among children and addresses challenging behaviors.”

This temporary bridge to speech has already shown significant results in the Navy child care system.

“The signing has helped increase positive behavior in our classrooms,” said Rodriguez. “Studies have proven that infants taught sign language can communicate earlier their needs and wants with parents and caregivers.”

Fourteen Navy child care professionals are now certified master trainers in Baby Signs. These instructors teach the process and hand signs to fellow caregivers in Navy child development centers and homes.

“[During] the first month, I introduced the signs for ‘more,’ ‘eat’ and ‘drink,’” said Gloria Kivipelto, training/curriculum specialist, Naval Station Mayport, Fla., and certified Baby Signs master trainer. “The caregivers are now involved in choosing the signs that we are teaching the children. We are continuing to introduce three new signs each month.”

The pilot sites include Naval Base San Diego; Naval Support Activity Washington – Anacostia Annex, Washington; Naval Station Mayport; Naval Base Guam, Santa Rita; Naval Station Pearl Harbor; Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill.; Combined Forces Activity Sasebo, Japan; Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas; Naval Hospital Portsmouth, Va.; Naval Support Activity South Potomac – Dahlgren, Va.; and Naval Base Kitsap – Bremerton, Wash.

“[Fleet and Family Readiness] division is continually striving to enhance the child care services and programs we offer our military community,” said Vice Adm. Bob Conway, Navy Installations Command Commander.

Fleet and Family Readiness division supports service members and families with 227 child care facilities and 3,000 child development homes worldwide, and accredited commercial partnership spaces throughout the continental United States.

For more news from around the fleet, visit www.navy.mil.

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