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Scientific Research

There has been much research on the benefits of baby signing. If you need any further information on any of the papers below, please contact us.

References

Acredolo, L. & Goodwyn, S. (1988)
Symbolic gesturing in normal infants.
Child Development, 59, 450-466.
Acredolo, L. & Goodwyn, S. (2000)
The long-term impact of symbolic gesturing during infancy on IQ at age 8.
(Paper presented at the meetings of the International Society for Infant Studies, Brighton, UK).
Goodwyn, S. Acredolo, L. & Brown, C. (2000)
Impact of symbolic gesturing on early language development.
(Journal of Nonverbal Behaviour).
Griffith, PL. (1985)
Mode-switching and mode-finding in a hearing child of deaf parents.
Sign Language Studies 48: 195-222.
Iverson, JM. & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2005)
Gesture paves the way for language development.
Psychological Science 16(5): 367.
Moore, B, Acredolo, L. & Goodwyn, S. (2001).
Symbolic gesturing and joint attention: Partners in facilitating verbal development.
(Paper presented at the Biennial Meetings of the Society for Research in Child Development).
Werner, H. & Kaplan, B. (1963)
Symbol formation: An Organismic Developmental Approach to Language and the Expression of Thought.
John Wiley, New York.

Further References of interest:

Bates E. et al (1979)
The emergence of symbols; Cognition and Communication in infancy.
Cambridge University Press, New York.
Daniels, M (1994)
The effects of sign language on hearing children's language development.
Communication Education 43: 291-298.
Daniels, M (1996)
Seeing Language: The Effect Over Time of Sign Language on Vocabulary Development in Early Childhood Education.
Child Study Journal 26: 193-208.
Daniels, M. (2001).
Dancing with Words: Signing for Hearing Children's Literacy.
Bergin and Garvey, Westport, Connecticut.
De Villiers, J & De Villiers, P (1978)
Language acquisition.
Harvard University press, USA.
Goodwyn, S. & Acredolo, L. (1993)
Symbolic gesture versus word: Is there a modality advantage for onset of symbol use?
Child Development 64: 688-701.
Goodwyn, S. & Acredolo, L. (1998)
Encouraging symbolic gestures: Effects on the relationship between gesture and speech.
The nature and functions of gesture in children’s communication, p61-73.
Wilson, R. et al (1985)
The Use of Signing and Fingerspelling to Improve Spelling Performance with Hearing Children.
Reading Psychology 4: 267-273.