Baby Sign Language: Tips and Research

This week, we speak with pediatric speech-language pathologist Adrienne, of "Learn With Adrienne." Our discussion focuses on Adrienne's special interest in using gestures and Sign Language with young children as a tool to support the development of verbal language, the evidence that supports this practice, as well as some great tips and resources for parents, caregivers and professionals interested in using Sign Language with infants and toddlers. 

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Great resources we mentioned in this podcast episode (in order they were mentioned):

Laura Mize "Teach Me To Talk"

The Babblers and the Bangers

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Assume Intentionality Strength In Words podcast episode

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Watch Adrienne's Facebook Live videos here

Hand Gestures Boost Spoken and Signed Language Learning

Early Sign Language Vocabulary


Acredulo, L., & Goodwyn, S. (1988). Symbolic gesturing in normal infants [Electronic version]. Child Development59(2), 450-466. From Academic Search Premier

Battel, S. S. (2004). Better than baby talk. Mothering, 32-38. From Academic Search Premier.

Garrett, G. B., & Baquedano-Lopez, P. (2002). Language socialization: Reproduction and continuity, transformation and change [Electronic version].Annual Reviews of Anthropology, 339-361. From Academic Search Premier.

Goodwyn, S. W., & Acredolo, L. P. (1993). Symbolic gesture versus word: Is there a modality advantage for onset of symbol use? [Electronic version] Child Development, 688-701. From Academic Search Premier.

Pizer, G., Walters, K., & Meier, R. P. (2007). Bringing up baby with baby signs: Language ideologies and socialization in hearing families [Electronic version]. Sign Language Studies7(4), 387-430. From Academic Search Premier.


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Adrienne is a Speech-Language Pathologist who teaches Sign Language to beginners. She has created videos on Youtube and her Sign Language Online Course for beginners. Her passion is to teach Sign Language by simplifying signs into bite-sized, step-by-step directions, while giving memory strategies. Adrienne is dedicated to helping beginners learn Sign Language so that they can begin to communicate with family members, friends, classmates, or customers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Adrienne's mission: Sign to Connect.

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Ayelet Marinovich, M.A. CCC-SLP

Ayelet Marinovich, M.A. CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist specializing in work with pre-verbal infants, toddlers, non-verbal children, and their families. The Strength In Words podcast and blog were created as an additional resource for families of young children with infants & toddlers of all developmental levels. It is not intended to be a substitute for speech and language therapy.