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Why Use Sign Language with Infants and Toddlers?

In this episode, 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
  • Great tips and resources for parents, caregivers and professionals interested in using Sign Language with infants and toddlers.

Adrienne teaches Sign Language to beginners. She has created videos on Youtube, and an online 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.

Sign up for her Sign Language Online Course here (I consider this course such a great resource, I became an affiliate!)

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References

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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