Research

Wide-Eyed Learning National Research Study


DENVER, CO –Wide-Eyed Learning recently completed their National Research Study with over 165 infants and toddlers on the correlation between using Signing Smart and vocabulary development. Although it was once speculated that teaching sign language to hearing infants might delay their speech, recent research by Dr. Michelle Anthony and Dr. Reyna Lindert indicates just the opposite. Their findings show that the language skills of children whose families follow Signing Smart programming are significantly ahead of developmental norms:

• At 12 months old, Signing Smart children use an average of 25 signs and 16 spoken words, versus the 2 to 3 words non-signing children use.
• At 18 months old, Signing Smart children use an average of 79 signs and 102 spoken words, versus the 10-50 words non-signing children use.
• Between 11 and 14 months old, a majority of Signing Smart children begin using signed/spoken “sentences,” about 10 months earlier than is typical.


National Institute of Health


In addition, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health has shown that children who sign as infants are advanced linguistically and cognitively in preschool and have higher IQ’s in elementary school than non-signing children.


Emotional Development & Early Care

Emotional development is dependent upon the care received at an early age. The child who receives love, attention, and the encouragement to explore and learn is most likely to have a more highly developed amygdala, the part of the brain that allows a person to calm himself. The parts of the brain that control emotion are very much affected by the amount of handling, love, and care we receive as young children. - Magic Trees of the Mind, by Marian Diamond, Ph.D. and Janet Hopson, pp. 125-127.


Brain Development

"The child from birth to seven years learns primarily through her body experiences. Through repetition of experience, the connections (or synapses) between brain cells are stabilized and strengthened. Thus, Baby's brain strengthens and grows. With each repetition, Baby will improve at the task at hand. Myelin, a protein coating on neurons, helps to speed the transmissions in the brain. When a task is performed repeatedly, more myelin is laid down. With each repetition, more myelin is laid down, and the brain becomes faster at processing the information." - Smart Moves, by Carla Hannaford, p. 21

Touch

"Touch is your baby's first language. Through the nurturing touch of infant massage, you communicate deep love and respect to your child in a language he or she understands well." - Nurturing Touch, by Kalena Babeshoff, C.M.T and Juliana Dellinger-Belovek, M.S.E., p.17