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First Signs Philosophy

 

 

The goal of First Signs Baby Sign Language Instruction is effective communication between pre-verbal, hearing children and their parents.  First Signs teaches signs which are simple enough for babies to imitate and easy for parents to incorporate into their daily life.  Signing and the spoken word should always be paired together... after all, we want to help children learn to speak!   

Although we use many signs based on British or American Sign Language, First Signs classes are not teaching a formalised, comprehensive sign language.  This philosophy is shared by well-known Baby Signing experts Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn (see reference below).  Please be aware that First Signs classes are not designed to teach British Sign Language.

*Reference: Linda Acredolo Ph.D. and Susan Goodwyn Ph.D. “Baby Signs: How to talk with your baby before your baby can talk.” Chicago, IL, USA:  Contemporary Books, 2002.  ISBN: 007-138776-5  

 

 

 

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