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The Baby Signs® Program

Put Your Center Above the Rest with ECE Baby Sign Language Bend Oregon!  Become a Certified Baby Signs® Center Today

With the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Training, you have the opportunity to learn about Baby Signs® and earn CEUs at the end of the training!  ECE Baby Sign Language Bend Oregon, please contact us to set up a training for your Childcare or Workplace today!

Why the Baby Signs® Program?

For over 25 years, the Original Baby Signs® Program has brought the joy and benefits of signing with babies to millions of families around the world.  The Baby Signs® Program is the world’s leading sign language program for babies because it:

  • is the only program developed specifically for babies by child development experts Dr. Linda Acredolo and Dr. Susan Goodwyn.
  • is the only program whose benefits have been proven through scientific research funded by the National Institutes of Health.
  • offers a full range of products for parents and babies to ensure signing success.

Become a Certified Baby Signs® Center

Powerful Benefits

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the infants and toddlers in your center could communicate what they need, see and feel without having to resort to tears?  Thanks to the Baby Signs® Program, effective communication is not only possible, but fun and easy to achieve.  Using the Baby Signs® Program in infant and toddler classrooms:

  • reduces frustration
  • decreases biting and other aggressive behaviors
  • helps teachers be more observant and responsive
  • builds trust and affection between babies and their caregivers
  • increases parent involvement in classroom programs.

Professional Training

Baby Signs®, Inc. offers two high-quality, professional training options designed to teach Child Development Center staff everything they need to know to start signing right away.  With either option, you will receive an informative and enjoyable training with games, songs, and activities that keep teachers engaged and excited as they learn.ECE BABY SIGN LANGUAGE BEND OREGON

Option 1:  Instructor-Led Training

Our Baby Signs® Independent Certified Instructors can provide training tailored to meet the needs of your center.  Visit www.babysigns.com to locate an Instructor near you who can help you get your center certified.  Continuing Education Units available.

Option 2:  Facilitator-Led Training

This option lets you handle the training in-house.  Purchase the Center Certification Program, a DVD-based, single-session training presented by Baby Signs® Co-Founder, Dr. Linda Acredolo, and ECE Specialist, Bonita Broughton.  Choose a facilitator (you or someone from your staff) to follow the step-by-step instructions to lead teachers through the training activities.  You can use the materials again when you hire new staff.



*For information about multi-site licensing or specialized training options for corporate and non-profit programs, email ECEProgram@babysigns.com.

Extensive Resources

Baby Signs® Classroom Kit

Provides a wide array of signing resources that make signing in the classroom easy for teachers and fun for babies: books, music CDs. BeeBo the Baby Signs® Bear, Quick Reference Guides and many other exciting signing products.  Also includes the Classroom Resources CD with printable files for parent newsletters, signing posters, signing log, song lyrics, and much more.



Professional Development Workshop Kit®

Provides signing materials that are ideally suited for use in smaller, more intimate home child care settings.  Includes My First Fun Signs DVD, Music CD, Board Books, and Video Dictionary.


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New workshops teach parents the real secret to communicating with babies!

Babies have so much to saybut without words, communication can be frustrating! Now there’s an effective way to avoid those tears and tantrums by teaching babies how to ‘talk’ with their hands using the Baby Signs® Program—based on simple signs that allow babies and toddlers to communicate what they see, what they need, and even how they feel.

Child development experts Linda Acredolo, Ph.D. and Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D. developed the Baby Signs® Program for infants and toddlers ages 6-36 months. Their National Institutes of Health research showed that the Baby Signs® Program

  • Reduces frustration and builds trust
  • Strengthens the parent/infant bond
  • Promotes positive emotional development
  • Helps babies learn to talk sooner
  • Jumpstarts intellectual development

There are two exciting ways to get started:

Baby Signs® Parent Workshops

Parents learn everything they need to know to start using the Baby Signs® Program at this fun and informative workshop. Each enrollment includes the Baby Signs® Parent Kit.

Baby Signs® Sign, Say & Play™ Classes

Parents and babies enjoy 6 weeks of fun-filled play classes with lots of signing, singing and dancing activities that highlight important developmental skills. The Sign, Say & Play™ Starter Kit, filled with exciting Baby Signs® products, is included in the enrollment fee.

To enroll in the Baby Signs® Program, please contact us at:




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Scientific Research

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The Baby Signs® Program

Scientific Research

Dr. Linda Acredolo and Dr. Susan Goodwyn, authors of the book Baby Signs: How to Talk  with Your Baby Before Your Baby Can Talk, have conducted over two decades of academic research on the use of sign language with hearing babies, including a long-term study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Here are the highlights from that study.

More than 140 families joined the study beginning when their babies were 11 months old. Each family was randomly assigned to a signing or a non-signing group. The groups were equivalent at the beginning of the study in terms of the following characteristics: sex and birth order of the children, their tendency to vocalize or verbalize words, and the parents’ education and income levels.

The children were assessed using standardized language measures at 11, 15, 19, 24, 30, and 36 months old. In addition, as many children as could be relocated at age 8 were assessed using the WISC-III IQ test, the most commonly used measure of children’s intelligence.

Twenty-four-month-old signing babies were on average talking more like 27- or 28 month-olds, representing more than a three-month advantage over the non-signers.  In addition, the babies who signed were putting together significantly longer sentences. Thirty-six-month-old signers on average were talking like 47-month-olds, putting them almost a full year ahead of their average age-mates.  Eight-year-olds who had signed as babies scored an average of 12 points higher in IQ on the WISC-III (Mean = 114, 75th percentile) than their non-signing peers (Mean = 102, 53rd percentile).

The Baby Signs® Program helps children develop both language and cognitive skills.


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Baby Signs In Action

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baby signs in action






About the Baby Signs® Program

Babies have a lot to say… even before they can talk.  Thanks to the world’s leading baby signs program, Baby Signs in Action can be witnessed all around the world.  For the past 25 years, the original Baby Signs Program has been helping babies and toddlers communicate what they see, what they need and even how they feel with the use of simple signs.

Research shows that the Baby Signs Program decreases frustration, helps babies talk sooner, enriches parent-child relationships and boosts babies’ intellectual development.  The Baby Signs Program is the world’s leading program for hearing infants and toddlers because it is the only program that:

  • was created by child development experts specifically for hearing babies.
  • has been scientifically tested and proven to provide positive benefits for babies and their families.
  • is based on American Sign Language with added flexibility to meet the needs of all families.
  • offers a full range of classes and products for babies, parents and teachers.
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The Baby Signs® Program helps children develop both language and cognitive skills. Studies show that babies who sign actually develop speech sooner and have larger vocabularies when they do start talking.Songbird signs EATThe Baby Signs® Program is based on the groundbreaking research which began an international movement to teach hearing babies to use signs. After 20 years of careful study, researchers proved that using signs actually enhances language, cognitive, and social-emotional development. Click here to read more about this exciting research.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 the official Baby Signs® Benefits page for more information about the program.
Talk With Your Baby . . . Before Your Baby Learns to Talk!
Scooter signs CATHave 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 parents and caregivers. These gestures or “signs” represent an item or concept, like “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.”

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baby signs in action

The World’s Leading Sign Language Program For Hearing Babies

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: the BABY SIGNS® Program—the groundbreaking technique that has changed parenting forever.

Thanks to their research at the University of California, much of it funded by the National Institutes of Health, we know that the BABY SIGNS® Program is not only fun, but good for babies—and even helps them talk sooner.

What’s more, it’s no longer just families who are joining the BABY SIGNS® team.  Child-care providers, pediatricians, and child development professionals around the world are recognizing that the BABY SIGNS® Program is the only sign language program for hearing babies that . . .

  • Was created by child development experts,
  • Is firmly rooted in scientific research,
  • Was developed specifically for hearing children,
  • Provides flexibility to meet the needs of any family,
  • Offers a full range of exciting and effective resources.

For more information about BABY SIGNS® research, workshops, play classes and resources for families and teachers visit www.babysigns.com.


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The Benefits of Baby Signs®

Families who use the Baby Signs® Program know first hand that there are many benefits to using signs with their babies. Using the Baby Signs® Program …

  • Reduces tears, tantrums, & frustration
  • Makes learning to talk easier
  • Boosts self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Stimulates intellectual development
  • Strengthens the parent-infant bond

Using the Baby Signs Program reduces tears, tantrums and frustration.
By the time babies are 9 to 10 months old, they are quite capable of knowing what it is they need or want. What they don’t know is how to tell us with words-which leads directly to frustration for baby and parent alike. All this changes when a baby is able to use signs. With signs like “eat,” “drink,” “hot” and “cold,” literally at their fingertips, babies can make their needs known quickly and quietly without becoming frustrated and resorting to tantrums and tears. No wonder the answer we most frequently get from parents when we ask how using the Baby Signs
 Program has changed daily life is decreased frustration! Read more: Experiencing the Benefits of Baby Signs

Using the Baby Signs Program makes learning to talk easier.
Some parents may worry that encouraging their child to use sign language might slow down learning to talk. Actually, the opposite is true! Drs. Acredolo and Goodwyn’s federally funded research showed that using the Baby Signs
 Program actually helps babies learn to talk. They found that 2-year-olds who had used baby sign language had significantly larger verbal vocabularies than their non-signing peers. And by the time they were three years old, the language skills of the babies who had used baby sign language were more like that of 4 years old. Babies gain a lot of language knowledge when they are able to actively engage in communication with signs-knowledge that lays a good foundation for learning to talk. And, just as a child who learns to crawl is more, rather than less, motivated to learn to walk, so also a child who learns to sign is more, rather than less, motivated to learn to talk! Read more: Experiencing the Benefits of Baby Signs

Using the Baby Signs Program boosts self-esteem and self-confidence.
What good self-esteem boils down to for any of us is the sense that we are perceived as both competent and valued in our own eyes and in the eyes of others. And that’s just what the baby sign language gives to babies. Because they can communicate effectively with their caregivers, and because their caregivers respond so positively to these communications, Baby Signs
 babies develop a sense of pride in their accomplishments that lays a solid foundation for the development of their self-esteem and self-confidence. Read more: Experiencing the Benefits of Baby Signs

Using the Baby Signs Program stimulates intellectual development.
Children who had participated in Drs. Acredolo and Goodwyn’s study were revisited again when they were 8 years old. Each child was assessed using the WISC-III, a typical IQ test for children. The results were very impressive. After controlling for family income, parents’ education and a number of other factors know to influence IQ, children who had signed as babies had significantly higher IQs (an average of 114) than the children who had not signed (an average of 102). That’s a full 12 points higher! 
Read more: Experiencing the Benefits of Baby Signs

Using the Baby Signs Program strengthens the parent-child bond.
Because babies using baby sign language are able to communicate effectively with their caregivers, the number of positive interactions goes up and the number of negative interactions goes down. In other words, when a baby and parent can truly understand each other and share what’s on their minds, they feel more connected to one another.With signs, even very young children can “tell” their caregivers they would like some milk, they saw an airplane or they heard a dog barking. They can let their caregivers know whether they are happy, sad or even afraid. Life with a Baby Signs
 baby becomes a shared life and with greater sharing comes a stronger, sweeter parent-child bond. Read more: Experiencing the Benefits of Baby Signs


Over two decades of Baby Signs® research has shown that these proven benefits affect different areas of a child’s development. Using the Baby Signs® Program stimulates:

  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Language Development
  • Cognitive Development

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