Signs, signs, everywhere are signs . . . Trying to understand the wants and needs of babies and toddlers can often feel like attempting communication with alien life forms. Many parents find that using sign language for their hearing children is an effective way to bridge the gap, and it's catching on faster than you can sign more. Signing Smart with Babies and Toddlers: A Parent's Strategy and Activity Guide is a comprehensive manual for those interested in this latest trend in parenting. Along with American Sign Language (ASL) signs, the authors, both developmental psychologists, include fun, educational activities aimed at deepening the closeness between parent and child. They also include photos throughout as visual aids.

Katherine Wyrick lives in Little Rock and is the mother of two small children.

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