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AAP lifts ‘no screens’ rule for babies

New rules say interaction is key The American Academy of Pediatrics released updated media guidelines for parents of infants and toddlers. Screen time that fosters interaction, such as video chats with grandparents, and videos that help babies learn words are among the approved uses of media for babies, albeit with limits. Get the details Download the full AAP report Baby Signing Time, Potty Time, Signing Time, and TreeSchoolers programs encourage and enhance parent-child interaction and build early literacy skills. Digital products are available through SigningTime.TV Free video for parents: Signing With Your Baby Get Your Free Digital Video  

A Window into His Mind

by Megan McWilliams, Master Signing Time Instructor While on a walk, my 16 month son took interest in an electrical box surrounded by a decorative fence. We were only one house from home, so I was anxious to keep moving. He pointed to and babbled about the box for a while. Since I was unable to convince him to continue walking, I  signed and told him “ELECTRICITY BOX DON’T TOUCH” knowing he had never seen the signs for electricity or box before. He replied by signing back “BED.” The window into his mind was opened up to me through that one …

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5 Reasons I Believe Baby Sign Language is Magical

By Marcia Bruce, Baby Signing Time Instructor Originally posted on Calgary Is Signing, MARCH 18, 2016 REASON 1: Baby signing gives you the gift of communication I’ll start with the main reason baby sign language is so fantastic. It gives you the gift of communication with your little one before she can actually talk. No surprise there, right? This benefit is probably listed on every baby signing site out there – babies have control of their hands and can sign before they master the use of their voices. However, you don’t know how magical it is until you see it in action …

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Signing Time or Baby Signing Time?

“Which video series should I start with: Baby Signing Time or Signing Time?” This is a question that many parents ask us. In truth, your children will learn sign language with any of our American Sign Language (ASL) videos. Here is what our Customer Care team says about choosing the video series that will best fit the needs of your family: If your child is age 0-3, start with Baby Signing Time If your child is 3 or older, start with Signing Time If you have a child in each age range, the choice is yours. However, we recommend starting with Baby Signing Time and then …

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Reasons to Continue Signing

From Annette M…..Cedar Park, Texas (Sofia age 2) I am constantly reminded by how blessed our family has been to find Ms. Amy and The Signing Connection, and being introduced to Signing Time, just over two years ago. We originally started classes to learn baby sign language to communicate with our infant. While we have completed the course multiple times throughout our 2+ years we continue coming back for refreshers, and signing has simply become part of our daily life. My toddler has a fairly extensive spoken vocabulary, but when she cannot express the right words she often can sign …

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9 ASL Signs all Pediatric Healthcare Professionals Should Know

Jill Eversmann Speech-Language Pathologist, Signing Time Academy Instructor, Speaker with Cross Country Education Healthcare professionals can make a big difference in interactions with patients who sign by knowing a few basic signs.  Many hearing patients use signs, either as a temporary tool or for a long term communication system if they are nonverbal.  When working with hearing patients who sign, you can confirm that you understand a sign just by saying the word to ask if you are correct. *Please note that Deaf patients have a legal right to a medical interpreter and knowing a few signs does not take the place …

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Sign Language and Forever Families

By Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C. Adoption. To me, the word means not only the expansion of my family, but a fulfillment of a dream. Many years ago, when I was still in college, I knew in my heart that someday I wanted to adopt. I was a nanny for two little girls adopted from China. One night, as I rocked the baby to sleep, I looked down at her perfect little face and the wind just sucked out of me. In an instant, I saw what her life would have been like as a female orphan in a place that …

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Teaching Hearing Children to Communicate With Sign Language

Master Signing Time Academy Instructor Kim Fries, who is also a Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist teaches a weekly Story Time at Rolling Hills Moravian Mothers Morning Out in Longwood, FL. This week WOFL FOX 35 News Orlando featured Kim’s program in a piece titled Sign language helping hearing kids communicate better (view below). In the feature they referenced the White Paper: Signing with Babies and Children Written by Dr. Claire Vallotton  from Michigan State University that was commissioned by Two Little Hands Productions.   The White Paper gives an overview of research findings on the impacts of signing on development and …

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Researchers from Emory University Determine Videos Helpful for Children Learning Communication

By Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C. If you’re already a fan of Baby Signing Time, the results of a recent study by researchers at Emory University will come as no surprise. If you’ve ever secretly wondered if using our videos really helps, or if you should be concerned about using the videos with children under age two (a topic we tackle HERE), the results may offer some reassurance. What is particularly exciting about this research is that it looked specifically at sign language acquisition and retention, so the results speak very directly to what we do here at Two Little Hands …

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Baby Signing Time Cast – Where are they now? Filming for Rachel & the TreeSchoolers

On August 9th, three of our Baby Signing Time cast members attended the Signing Time Live Concert in Austin, Texas. Rachel brought them on stage with her and they signed along with her to “The Pets I Love”. We thought it would be fun to check in with them and their families to see where they are now. Hopkins, Cameron, Rachel, Caitlyn, and Anyka – Austin, TX Concert, 2014 Meet Anyka Anyka was born with a cleft palate and a very small jaw. She required a tracheotomy at one month old and required a series of facial surgeries. There was …

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