Sunday, September 23, 2012

'Baby signs' claims unproven? A little light reading...


recent online article that I came across talked about unproven benefits of signing with your hearing baby, stating that "most of these websites fail to back up all their claims" and that "out of 82 cited sources on 33 websites, less than 10% were scientific studies".

I invite the author of this article, Michael Reed Davison, and any other interested folks to take a look at the references that were included in my book, The Baby Signing Book (published by Robert Rose in 2007). 

As a former practicing therapist (specifically a Communicative Disorders Assistant or CDA), it's of vital importance to me that any thing that I produce through WeeHands is backed by research based evidence. Part of my work as a CDA was to make the theory behind intervention fun for children and their parents but also functional. I've carried that 'fun and functional' evidence-backed philosophy over to my work with WeeHands.

For those who are looking for a little light, and incredibly interesting, reading :) I've included below just a few of the references that are in The Baby Signing Book. Enjoy!

  • Developmental Milestones: Sign Language Acquisition and Motor Development. By: Bonvillian, John D.; Orlansky, Michael D.; Novack, Lesley Lazin. Child Development, Dec83, Vol. 54 Issue 6, p1435-1445, 11p; DOI: 10.1111/1467-8624.ep12418499; (AN 12418499)
  • Gesture and Development: An Introduction to the Special Issue. By: Boyatzis, Chris J.. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, Summer2000, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p59-62, 4p; (AN 17143324)
  • Gesture Development: A Review for Clinical and Research Practices. By: Capone, Nina C.; McGregor, Karla K.. Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research, Feb 2004, Vol. 47 Issue 1, p173-186, 14p, 1 chart; DOI: 10.1044/1092-4388(2004/015); (AN 12474020)
  • Impact of Symbolic Gesturing on Early Language Development. By: Goodwyn, Susan W.; Acredolo, Linda P.; Brown, Catherine A.. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, Summer2000, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p81-103, 23p; (AN 17143322)
  • Maternal gestures with 20-month-old infants in two contexts. By: O'Neill, Maria; Bard, Kim A.; Linnell, Maggie; Fluck, Michael. Developmental Communications; (September 2004) Science, Jul2005, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p352-359, 8p; DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2005.00423.x; (AN 17466113)
  • New Insights Into How Babies Learn Language. By: Barinaga, Marcia. Science, 08/01/97, Vol. 227 Issue 5326, p641, 1p, 1 graph, 1c; (AN 9708125264)
  • Seeing language: The effect over time of sign language on vocabulary development in early... By: Daniels, Marilyn. Child Study Journal, 1996, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p193, 16p, 1 chart; (AN 9612190551)
  • Teaching Sign Language To Children With Behavior Disorders: A Direct Instruction Approach. By: Jitendra, Asha; Costa, Janice Da. Preventing School Failure, Spring97, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p137, 5p, 3 charts, 1 graph; (AN 9708105187)
  • The Effects of Delayed Physical Prompts and Reinforcement on Baby Sign Language Acquisition. Rachel H. Thompson, Paige M. Mckerchar, And Kelly A. Dancho. Journal Of Applied Behavior Analysis 2004, 37, 379–383 Number 3 (Fall 2004)
  • The Relation Between Gesture and Speech in Congenitally Blind and Sighted Language-Learners. By: Iverson, Jana M.; Tencer, Heather L.; Lany, Jill; Goldin-Meadow, Susan. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, Summer 2000, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p105-130, 26p; (AN 17143321)
  • The Role of Gesture in Bilingual Education: Does Gesture Enhance Learning? . By: Church, Ruth Breckinridge; Ayman-Nolley, Saba; Mahootian, Shahrzad. International Journal of Bilingual Education & Bilingualism, v7 n4 p303-319 2004. (EJ728216)
  • The Role of Gesture in Children's Comprehension of Spoken Language: Now They Need It, Now They Don't. By: McNeil, Nicole M.; Alibali, Martha W.; Evans, Julia L.. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, Summer2000, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p131-150, 20p; (AN 17143320)
  • Twelve-month-olds point to share attention and interest. By: Liszkowski, Ulf; Carpenter, Malinda; Henning, Anne; Striano, Tricia; Tomasello, Michael. Developmental Science, Jun2004, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p297-307, 11p; DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2004.00349.x; (AN 13125353)
  • Verbal Labels and Gestural Routines in Parental Communication with Young Children. By: Namy, Laura L.; Acredolo, Linda; Goodwyn, Susan. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, Summer2000, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p63-79, 17p.

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