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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The great baby signing debate: academia meets public interest
Author(s): Doherty-Sneddon, Gwyneth
Keywords: Baby sign
Sign Language
Sign language
Nonverbal communication in infants
Issue Date: Apr-2008
Date Deposited: 6-Jun-2008
Citation: Doherty-Sneddon G (2008) The great baby signing debate: academia meets public interest. The Psychologist, 21 (4), pp. 300-303.
Abstract: ‘Baby signing’ is an augmentative communication approach that has been developed for use with hearing preverbal infants. It involves teaching babies key word signing that they can use to communicate before they can talk. A baby signing movement is currently sweeping the country. Parents of infants everywhere are reading about the benefits of teaching ‘sign’ to their children and many are embracing this wholeheartedly. Numerous companies have been set up to promote and sell baby signing materials. All claim immense benefits to be had including facilitating spoken language development, reducing tantrums and even increasing a child’s intelligence.
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