Baby Signs ® has been designed by Drs. Linda Acredolo & Susan Goodwyn, original reserchers of a worldwide movement of parents and caregivers using a simple communication tool with their babies. The program is aimed towards babies from birth to three years. It combines simple baby "symbolic gestures" such as blowing for the concept "hot" and baby friendly signs such as "drink" extracted from adult sign language used within Australia, America and New Zealand.
One of the characteristics of the Baby Signs ® program has been to strenghten the natural gestures that all babies use. This is what categorises the program as a baby sign langauge program rather than a adult based sign language created for adult hand dexterity.
Baby Sign Language is a simple communication tool that can be used as short as a couple months, or as long as two years depending on your family needs. It can also be a springboard to AUSLAN if families want to incorporate the language into their lives. Generally though, it spans a timeframe of around 6 months to 36 months.
It's a joyous experience when your baby learns to use signs as a means of communication. Their signs become such an intergration of your daily life that it can be a surprise when toddlers will start to naturally re-place them with words.
We know that the Baby Signs® “baby signs” are there for a temporary time through research and over twenty five years of experience in the area. Of course there are exceptions; for example a child having a need to continue their signing journey due to speech development; which may involve traditional adult sign language as an option.
Baby Signs Australia is dedicated to ensuring our Baby Signs ® program meets the needs of Australian families. The flexibility of the Baby Signs program allows for parents and babies to incorporate their own signs which they make themselves or many more AUSLAN signs, that may not be used already.
For those wishing to continue thier signing journey beyond speech development, we will be selling AUSLAN products shortly, please check back here again.